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I came upon a man walking in the cemetery,
He didn’t look as if he were from a seminary.
He didn’t look as if he was very grief stricken.
His steps didn’t falter they only quickened.
He stopped by a grave and just started to dig,
With a kid’s plastic shovel that was wee big.
What a sacrilege and what an abomination!
He should be doomed to eternal damnation!
“Let me at him”, I said, “I’ll knock him dead.”
But they held me fast and he of course fled.
By the time they let me go it was too late.
He was off and running past the iron gate.
All I could do now was go check the damage.
Maybe I or one of the others could manage.
But when I got there I could not believe my eyes,
There on top of the grave was a grand surprise,
Twenty potted flowers of every color and size,
And a small plaque that read thanks from each of the lives
Of the students you died to protect and sadly could not.
And that’s when I realized the flowers were forget-me-nots.

(c) 2013 Copyright Elena Plotkin

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, February 04, 2014

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This poem is dedicated to those brave teachers and staff who lost their lives trying to save the children of Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14,2012.

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  • Elena Plotkin (2/4/2014 8:44:00 AM)

    Thanks Mark for catching that huge typo.

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  • Mark Heathcote (2/3/2014 5:52:00 PM)

    This is lovely write Elena much enjoyed thanks for sharing and also for the lovely comments you left me. :)
    One typo Plague for plaque?

  • * Sunprincess * (1/6/2014 7:55:00 PM)

    ............beautiful....another great write and a wonderful tribute as was a very sad day for me cause the date fell on my mother's one year anniversary of her passing and I always felt like the children went to heaven to sing for my mother that day...thanks for sharing this wonderful write...

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