Tuesday, July 24, 2012


A madman with tear gas and a gun
Caused havoc in Aurora
In the Century Theater,
Leaving victims bleeding and dying.

Horror, panic, unimaginable fear,
Bullets flying through the air,
Landing everywhere,
Hit young and old alike.

Disguised as the Joker,
This red-headed rogue
Made no jokes;
He let his guns speak for him.

Among death, love abounded.
Many risked their lives to protect
Wives, children, sisters, brothers,
Maybe even strangers.

Our hearts ache for the innocent
Killed and maimed by this man
Without a care,
Without even a motive.

Such hate is hard to fathom,
He seems without a soul,
Hell-bent on destruction.
Only God knows his intent.

No one has the right
To blight our lives this way,
Spreading chaos everywhere,
Causing a curse upon us.

Now fear has put us in a place
Where we don't want to be.
No peace on earth; instead,
Our planet becomes dystopia.

Mary S. Palmer

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