Was it Yesterday or Today

Was it yesterday or today
that sane voices
were drowned out
by the musical stir
of bombs bursting in air
and rockets’ red glare
as children ran to and from
bullets
that whispered a prayer

Was it yesterday or today
that angry bullets
found their mark
on innocent flesh

We grieve
We mourn
We sit in sackcloth and ash
We wait for God to take sides,
and politicians to pray
while we wait
for angry bullets
to no longer fly

Was it yesterday or today
that the metallic sound of tat-tat-tat
echoed
in tender ears
as rapid-fire sounds alarm
and children hide
from fatal harm

Was it yesterday or today
that children weren’t safe
from bullets
that flew their way

Was it yesterday or today
When we mourned them
While they Laid in state.

Was it yesterday or today
that we Laid them to rest
in shrouded coffins
of extinguished
light

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