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Tribute to Connecticut Victims

December 17, 2012
By yeahthatsme GOLD, Tucson, Arizona
yeahthatsme GOLD, Tucson, Arizona
19 articles 1 photo 6 comments

I remember him coming home on the first day of school
Red shirt, bright yellow shorts, and light up Lightning McQueen sneakers
Running as fast as his little legs could carry him
Arms flailing like a madman
Little Man how was your first day?
Winking, he replied
It was GREAT I shared my goldfish with Susie!
Chuckling softly, I follow him inside

Little Man barges into my room and hands me a long list with items carefully written in green crayon
I scoop him into my lap and pull out an envelope
Envelope first, Little Man, you want Santy to know you’re serious about this list of yours

That was only yesterday
I never thought I would have to know the horror of seeing my mother hunched over his lifeless little body
Tears streaming down her face, her whole body, trembling
I tried to keep it together
Only yesterday he was giggling like the little boy that he was, writing letters to Santy Clause
And now?

I let the tears come, but none appear
Instead is anger and frustration
Why, God, WHY?
If I shut my eyes and pretend it didn't happen
I’ll only reopen my eyes to see my mother, hunched over my little brother’s body, crying until she has no tears left

This Christmas won’t be the same
There won’t be anticipation lingering in the air as we wait to go to midnight mass
There won’t be kissing under the mistletoe
There won’t be the traditional first snowball fight with the neighbors

Instead there will be his room to pack up in boxes that will have been his life
There will be arrangements and phone calls to cemeteries
There will be funerals to go to and black dresses to be worn
On Christmas morning, Little Man won’t be there to wake me up at the crack of dawn nagging me to get up and open presents

Little Man, watch over us
I know you’re up there already
You probably raced your classmates up the stairs of Heaven
I hope you weren’t afraid when he shot
But I can’t blame you if you were afraid
I would have been afraid
Little Man, be peaceful

The author's comments:
This is my tribute to the victims of the Connecticut shooting. My heart goes out to the teachers that risked their lives.

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This article has 9 comments.

Shsme BRONZE said...
on Jan. 29 2013 at 3:11 am
Shsme BRONZE, Oakland, California
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i am speechless very nice poem i would expect nothing less :D  

on Jan. 29 2013 at 3:07 am
compassion GOLD, Nowhere, Other
12 articles 17 photos 153 comments

Favorite Quote:
Expect to have hope rekindled,expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways! The dry seasons in life do not last,the spring rains will come again.

Heart rendering! Expressed very well! Angels in heaven.

on Jan. 24 2013 at 9:22 pm
SoulPoetry PLATINUM, Sierra Madre, California
29 articles 4 photos 69 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I will work harder" (animal farm boxer the horse)

This is purely amazing! I'm touched.

on Jan. 24 2013 at 7:54 pm
99joselyn SILVER, Chicago, Illinois
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Really good!

FehrBear GOLD said...
on Jan. 23 2013 at 11:50 pm
FehrBear GOLD, Centennial, Colorado
16 articles 0 photos 7 comments

Favorite Quote:
"We wish to be happier than other people, and this is always difficult, for we believe others to be happier than they are." -Anonymous

Very touching and much appreciated. 

on Jan. 23 2013 at 11:25 pm
TheHerbArtist SILVER, Paradise, California
6 articles 0 photos 25 comments
I cried towards the last part. This truley amazing. People like you inspire me to write. Thank you for sharing your story

jess14 BRONZE said...
on Jan. 17 2013 at 5:36 pm
jess14 BRONZE, New York, New York
4 articles 0 photos 15 comments

Favorite Quote:
"We accept the love we think we deserve"

this is so amazing and touching

on Jan. 15 2013 at 11:39 pm
TARDISdriver PLATINUM, Colorado Springs, Colorado
28 articles 2 photos 33 comments
Dammit, I hate crying! But, in fact, your story did summon tears. So yeah. I guess that means you did a really good job. 

ChloeE BRONZE said...
on Dec. 26 2012 at 1:21 am
ChloeE BRONZE, Charlotte, North Carolina
4 articles 0 photos 12 comments

Favorite Quote:
Proverbs 3:5- Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.
"I don't mind not being cool." -Chris Martin

Love it! Great sense of emotion running through it.