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January 2, 2013

Another School Shooting

It was just another school

And just another time

And just another shooting

And just another crime

On just another day

In just another year

And just another lesson

In violence and fear.

What do we tell the children

All those who must go on

When words are merely words

Cannot erase the wrong?

What do we tell the children

How do we ease their pain

Now that their trust is broken

Our words will be in vain?

What do we tell the children

How do we share their grief

Give them new hope for living

Restore their old belief?

What do we tell the children

How do we bear their cross

And lift upon our shoulders

The burden of this cross?

It was just another school

And just another time

And just another shooting

And just another crime.

What do we tell the children

All those who must go on

When words are merely words

Cannot erase the wrong

And our laws still maintain

Man’s right to own a gun?

Lisa Manning

Ledge Lane, Gloucester

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