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Tears flowed today in Newtown

Crying could be heard all around

Twenty children’s lives a gunman took

Along with six adults at the school Sandy Hook


Evil entered the school shortly after nine

Leaving death and destruction behind

No warning no clue or time to prepare

Just the sound of gunshots filled the air


The staff at the school did what they should

Protection of the children; they did the best they could

Previous practice lockdown drills were of help no doubt

Many were saved during this tragic shootout


The little lives lost were so innocent and sweet

Staff gave their lives; their obligations to meet

As horrible as it was it could have been much worse

But for the brave ones I write this heroic verse


I want so badly to share a healing thought

To those in Newtown who are so distraught

While I and many others share in your grief

There are just no words to bring relief


Time is a great healer or so they say

But for those in Newtown healing is a long time away

We will search for answers and ways to prevent

Future repetition of such tragic events


© Kent Fletcher

December 14, 2012


Dedicated to the precious children who lost their lives and the heroes who gave their lives to protect them and others


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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