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You Wrote It

Read this original: "It's just a number?"

countless
deaths, meaningless to
the people in front
of a screen

to them, it's just a Number;
9, 10, 15, 100
each their own life
but ended because of
a bullet, a knife

fires
tears in their eyes
babies wrapped
in towels
fear

we're safe here
only not really
who knows
what act of violence
will occur today

we can only hope
pray
for others, for each other
and spill water
into the fires
that burn throughout the
world

and me
this paper
others, their voice
can help

by Maggie Medoff | 7/15/2017
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