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Red sky in morning
Take warning

The sunrise was out of a museum
Someone must have pulled oil pastels
Off a canvas and spread them across the horizon

A boy
Exactly my age
Died that morning.

He did not see the sunrise.

He saw a bullet,
He saw his life scatter out onto the concrete
And evaporate into the stars.

Morning announcements crackle
Through the walls and wires, and then
A moment of silence.

I did not know this boy
But I do know that a life is worth more
Than a single shot and a moment of fragile quiet.






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