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Poetry from within
   

Say a Prayer or 2




Say a prayer for those soon to be dead



For they will not go home smiling



They will not hear the bands,



See the celebration or relish the glory







Say a prayer for those soon to be dead



They will not know the pride felt for them



Nor enjoy the freedoms their loss upholds



Or again feel joys soft embrace







Say a prayer for those soon to be dead



Whist respect and gratitude will surround them



It will not penetrate the cocoon of



Their eternal dark resting place







If you say a prayer for those soon to be dead



Then say 2 for those who will survive



Who will bear witness to the carnage



Those who will see the blood flow







Say 2 prayers for those who will survive



Who cannot release the trigger



Who will carry the burden of guilt



For those who will always feel the tears cascade







Say 2 prayers for those who will survive



For whom the explosion won’t be a headline



But a life changing instant



And who will feel its eternal blast







Say 2 prayers for those who will survive



For those destined to walk without legs



See without eyes



Reminisce without friends







Say 2 prayers for those who will survive



For those who will have to share a world



With others who will not believe and



Those who cannot understand the horror







Say 2 prayers for those who will survive



Whose lives will forever be in shadow



Until they feel liberated by the soft embrace of darkness



And their peace, at last, is won

Sam Steele