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Laughing, joking, just standing around,

A few seconds later bodies on the ground.

Shots rang out, there were many,

Another drive-by shooting reason there isnt any.


Three young men lay dead in the street.

Their dreams and potential they will never meet.

As the crowd gathers around and voices fill the air,

Why does this continue doesnt anybody care?


Then there are screams, overpowering they seem,

As the mothers of these boys start to live their worst dream.

They try to wake up, hoping they are still asleep,

Then reality strikes, this time their boys death will keep.


A tragic end, no doubt for sure,

But at this point for death there is no cure.

Look around, surely someone is to blame,

For all of this violence it is such a shame.


It is all of us who must bear the blame.

We cant sit back and innocence claim.

Discipline has failed, weve taken GOD out of school.

Many now ignore or are ignorant of the Golden Rule.


What can we expect, allowing what we do?

Our society is starting to lose its glue.

Gangs in the street are doing what they want.

We dont seem to care, unless its your neighborhood they haunt.


So what must we do to impact this mess?

Discipline and citizenship is what we must stress.

Living in a world one must be accountable.

If we fail to demand it the problem is insurmountable.


ŠKent Fletcher October 6, 2007


Kent Fletcher retired as Deputy Chief of the Durham NC Police Dept.  He served with that department for 301/2 years.  He is a graduate of the 162nd session of the FBI National Academy and has an AA and BS degree in Justice Administration from Guilford College.  Writing short stories and poetry has become a part-time hobby.  He ca be reached at hkfletcher@nc.rr.com

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