#senselessviolence

NOT AGAIN!

There’s been another mass shooting today…

once again we express our sorrow

wondering when this insanity will end

wondering if we’ll survive tomorrow.

 

We hear the families sobbing

as they live through their deepest fears.

We see the pain etched on their faces

as it leaves behind a trail of tears.

 

We see families holding their chests

as they try to stop themselves from shaking

knowing by now it’s much too late

to stop their hearts from breaking. 

 

We see them holding on to one another

once the depth of their tragedy is known.

We see them holding on to one another

because it’s impossible to stand alone.

 

There’s been another mass shooting today…

once again we express our sorrow

wondering when this insanity will end

 

wondering if we’ll survive tomorrow….


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ONCE AGAIN

Once again our nation…our world…is mired…in a sad and gloomy fog

as 11 more people have been massacred in a Pittsburgh synagogue…

 

11 innocent people praying one minute…the next ceasing to exist 

11 innocent people added to a long and growing list.

 

Once again we are filled sorrow…once again our grief we can’t disguise

Once again we feel for the families…once again the whole world cries…

 

Yes, once again we’re crying as more of our innocence drifts away

because tears are all we have left…when we have no more words to say.

 

 

Joyce Fienberg, 75

 

Richard Gottfried, 65

 

Rose Mallinger, 97

 

Jerry Rabinowitz, 66

 

Cecil Rosenthal, 59

 

David Rosenthal, 54

 

Bernice Simon, 84

 

Sylvan Simon, 86, (husband of Bernice)

 

Daniel Stein, 71

 

Melvin Wax, 88

 

 

Irving Younger, 69


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TEARS

I find tears mystifying…and without trying to be coy…

How is it the well supplying tears of sorrow is shared with tears of joy?

 

It’s true...sometimes we cry from happiness...

sometimes heartache is to blame...

But why, if we cry for different reasons, 

do all tears look the same?

 

And where does all this water come from? 

Is there an ocean in my eye?

Does my heart control the faucet?

Will the well ever run dry?

 

Are tears meant to help cleanse our souls?

Why do some tears seem to glow?

Does crying help grow seeds of happiness 

while dousing flames of woe?

 

Some of our tears are personal. 

Only we know where they come from

Other tears are universal

and are shared by everyone…

 

When chemicals are unleashed on innocent people

When a man with a gun walks into a school and makes people die…

tears flow from faces all around the world

and we are left to wonder why…

 

Why does this keeps happening?

Why does the world do nothing…but stand by?

Perhaps it’s time to act together

and do something more than cry.

 

If not…then tears of sorrow 

will forever cascade from our eyes…

the faucet will remain open

 

and the well will soon run dry.

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