Shalom Freedman

Gold Star - 20,073 Points (Troy New York)

One Tries To Somehow Dismiss It - Poem by Shalom Freedman

One tries to somehow dismiss it
In order to get back to normal
‘It is only one victim
It does not constitute a real threat to the survival of the state'
‘I don't know her or her family'
‘There have been tens of victims hundreds of victims through the years
And still we have survived'
‘There recently has been a downtown in the number of terrorist attacks'

But then the horror of this one particular act comes back
‘Dafna Meir mother of six stabbed to death before the eyes of her daughter'
‘Thirty -eight years old. Bled to death from many stab wounds'
A nurse.

There is nothing to say.
The horror and the outrage return.

‘How could a human being do such a thing to another human being?
How could a man stab a woman who he does not know and never hurt him in any way?

What are human beings that they can do such things?
What are the people of this culture that they so frequently commit these acts of cruelty?

What will be with the husband? The children? The family?
It will never go away for them

One tries to somehow dismiss it
Tomorrow there will be other stories
Other acts of cruelty

For Dafna Meir(May G-d bless her in the world- to-come)
There is no life tomorrow in this world.

Topic(s) of this poem: evil

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, January 17, 2016

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