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Shots fired, round after round

Law and order falling down

Peace plunging to abyss

Death quickly dismissed


Across the globe, beyond the seas

Parents falling to their knees

Brothers, sisters, lovers cry

Safe in bed, so do I


Observed through a screen

What was once few and far between

Mournful the new norm

Violence, assault, outsiders conform


What if we are next?

Too soon to pay respects

Masses taken to public outcry

Yet actions are on standby


Waiting for a curing response

Older now, no nonchalance

Praying for peace

Maybe optimism we can persuade


Land of the Free

Home of the Brave

I don’t know about you

But I am afraid.



Junior Political Science and Legal Studies Double Major at UMass Amherst.