A life lay wasted – shot dead in the street;
Hidden from sight, covered by a sheet.
This story is old and too often been told.
A senseless tragedy, one to behold.
We will never know how much the world is
By this life taken, young and uncompleted.
We do know that there will be plenty of
All because a young man was violently slain.
To explain this event and give it a why
Is useless and of all logic does defy.
Nothing said or done will bring this life
But such random violent acts we must attack.
Whether violence be from gangs or drugs
We must learn how to stop these thugs.
Not an easy task but one that must be done,
Failure only means loss of more sons.
Unless we rise up against and violence
Another life lay wasted, shot dead in the
© Kent Fletcher January 16, 2010
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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