A Life Lost to Violence Injures Us All

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The sound of the zipper closing that black body bag
Each time I hear it I am prone to gag
A life, often times young, has come to a premature end
It seems that this type of scene is becoming a trend

Only God knows the lost potential that body bag now conceals
Or the pain this victimís family and friends will feel
Time will help heal the this pain and life will go on
But part of this community is forever gone

Some take such an event serious; some are seemingly unconcerned
Such events should not be taken lightly and from them lessons learned
A life lost to violence is an injury to us all
If this trend continues our communities will fall

All lives matter and are part of the mix
Senseless violence is a problem it takes a community to fix
Even if you have not been personally affected
From the problem you cannot remain disconnected

This poem has no words to describe an easy solution
Unchecked violence in a community is the worst kind of pollution
There exist a multitude of causes which contribute to this concern
We must identify and address them, for a solution we must yearn

©Kent Fletcher
April 2016



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 can be reached at hkfletcher@nc.rr.com

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