The Death of a Nation’s Children

written for:  Poetic Asides 2023 April PAD Challenge - Day 16

”Write a “The (blank) of a (Blank) poem.”

Zephyrs of spring fill the air with promise.  Buds open,
cherry blossom trees bloom in clusters like sweet
pink candy.  Spring training tests our teams
as we await the cheers of fans.  Playgrounds fill,
Spilling with laughter of lighter-clothed  children
eager for their summer vacation to begin.

Then poisonous clouds of greed, of hatred descend
upon our children.  A multitude of mass shootings
take their lives away.  Get rid of gins, open
mental health clinics.  Do something.

trees in flames 
cries in the wilderness
animals starving

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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