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A little boy of ten watches Doctor Who religiously
because the Doctor has time travel
and oh what he would do
to turn back the clock
to when his sister was still alive
A little girl asks her mother
when Daddy is coming home
but Mommy doesn't know how to tell her
that the history teacher became a statistic
in a national tragedy that goes ignored
A teenager sobs in a corner
hands over her mouth
as she thinks, 'Dear god please, please no'
and the kid next to her texts their dad goodbye
A boy with dark eyes and darker clothes
wipes his eyes
because his phone just died
and the last thing he told his mom was 'I hate you'
The teachers lock their classrooms
and look around at their students
They wonder which ones they are going
to say goodbye to today
The children march
for the lives that have been lost
but the screams of the dead aren't loud enough
for those who can end their suffering
A kid makes a mockery
about shooting up the school
but even as they laugh
his friends wonder if he's really only joking
Everyone will say
that they are sorry for your loss
but they can't fix whats been done
and they won't stop it from happening again
We fake stomach aches
beg our parents
because there was another one only yesterday
and 'What if we're next?'
"Mom, I love you."
"Daddy, I'm scared."
"Mr. Davis, is this a drill?"
"Will you hold my hand?"
"I don't want to die."
Kids tremble in fear
because this only happens at other schools
this only happens to other people
and they weren't supposed to join them
as another number on the death count
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