The killing: A Poem About the Taking of a Life

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"If a mother is mourning not for what she has lost but for what her dead child has lost, it is a comfort to believe that the child has not lost the end for which it was created.

C.S. Lewis

No farewell words were spoken, no time to say goodbye. You were gone before we knew it, and only God knows why.

Author unknown

The Killing


Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.”

Author: Anonymous

“One day, a son asked his father,

Why is it always the best people who die?”

The father answered, Son, if you are in a meadow,

which flowers do you pick? The worst ones or the best?”

Author unknown


I wrote this poem "The Killing" after receiving some devastating news that the teenage grandson of my cousin had been killed in a knife attack. I was shocked!!.. Then angry, but the overwhelming feeling is one of deep, profound sadness for the utter waste of two young lives.

I find the wanton taking of a life incomprehensible, yet so many young men continue to die in such a violent and unacceptable way.

There is something patently wrong in a society where children, some as young as ten believe that it is acceptable to carry a weapon? While there is some environment that can be perceived as violent, there are many that are not, yet, the attitudes and behavior of many youngsters are that they must be tough and aggressive to avoid becoming the targets of violence and aggression. They think that by carrying a weapon they can protect themselves, but the reverse is true.

By carrying a weapon, they are in effect, adapting to, and continuing the cycle of the same violent behavior they believe will ensure their safety and survival, but are actually resulting in more young lives wasted, more mothers tears and more communities asking what went wrong.

My heart goes out to Yvette and her family at this overwhelmingly sad time.


The Killing

They kill for love

They kill for hate

They say it's written in their fate


They kill for power

They kill for gold

Their souls are cheaply bought and sold


They kill for country

They kill for kin

Or simply for the colour of a skin


They kill in anger

They kill in fear

Love is the music they do not hear


They kill for God

They kill for religion

In their oxymoronic confusion


They kill for jealousy

To settle old scores

Resentment festers like rotting sores


They care not who's blood they spill

Never stopping to count the cost

When our precious gifts are lost


They kill to fill the empty void

The killing takes from everyone

For beauty dies when hope is gone


By J Alexis-Hagues © February 2014

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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Shyron, It is easy to think that violence only happens to other people, but sometimes it can hit far too close to home.

Maybe one day we'll find a way to live together in peace. Thank you for reading this, it means a lot.

Take care and blessings to you also.


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

The poem is so haunting and so true. I know violence, seen it, felt it.

so much killing going around.I wish our words could slow it down.

Voted up, UABI and shared

Blessings to you


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Maria, thank you for reading this, I still find it very hard to understand how youngsters who have barely tasted life can simply end someone else's and forfeit their own, Something is very wrong when mothers are forced to bury their children, yes...it is sad indeed.


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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

This is hauntingly powerful and terribly sad. I am so sorry for you / your family for this senseless loss.

Your message is meant for people to read far and wide. Voted UP and UABI and sharing. Hugs, Maria


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Thanks Audrey, much appreciated.

Have a lovely weekend and my best to you.


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

Profound piece! And you are right--the loss of hope underlies much pain and violence


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Kim, I really wish there was a way to help these youngsters understand how brief and precious life is. It's so nice to see you, I appreciate the visit and kind comment, hope we'll be seeing more of you soon.


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ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

Jo,

In this terrible loss, you have produced a poem of such power. I agree with Jodah in that your poem "should be shared far and wide." I am so sorry for you and your family's loss and for the families of all those connected. There seems to be so much anger in the world and too many who prefer violence as their ways in which to deal with that anger. Many blessings and prayers. V+!

Best Always,

Kim


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi girish, thank you for stopping by and for the kind comment, much appreciated. I hope all is well with you, my best as always.


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girishpuri 2 years ago from NCR , INDIA

Jo, this is wonderful and heart touching. God bless you


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Gypsy, lovely to see you! This was such a terrible waste of a promising young life, it's so very sad. Thank you for stopping by, much appreciated and my best to you.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up. Such terrible news Jo. Your poem is very expressive. Prayers for the family.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Eddy, everyone has been wonderfully supportive here, this really is a special community. Thank you for stopping by, it's always a pleasure.


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Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

A brilliant hub tobu and I thought I was never going to find the end of the comments so obviously so many others agree with me.

Great hub and voted up.

Enjoy your day tobu.

Eddy.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Genna, a searing indictment indeed. Something is fundamentally wrong in our society when youngsters who should be reaching for the stars are killing each other. Thank you for stopping by, it's much appreciated, take care and my best to you.


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Ohhh…I am so sorry, Jo. Such pain, waste and grievous loss…I will never understand this senseless culture of violence and killing. Ever. Your words are profound, chilling and stark, and fit this horrific culture with uncompromising truth. Incidents such as what happened to your cousin’s grandson are becoming all too frequent. Yet even the loss of one young life is a tragedy, and a searing indictment on what our society, as a whole, is becoming. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Blossom, we're all still trying to understand why this terrible thing happened, but time is a great healer. One of the saddest things in life, is for a mother to bury her child. Thank you so much for stopping by, much appreciated.


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BlossomSB 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

I'm so sorry to hear about the loss which must have impacted on your whole family. You have written about it so beautifully and I especially like that first quote, it's lovely.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi AliciaC, I appreciate the kind words, thank you for stopping by, glad you liked the hub. Take care and my best to you.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Jamie, this is something that every parent must dread. But you can't wrap them in cotton wool or place them in a bubble, just do what you can to help make it safer out there. Children need to be aware of the dangers, and be able to trust their intuition about a dangerous situation, but not so afraid that they can't function in the outside world. Let's hope it will be a better place out there, by the time your little ones are ready to take their place in the world.

Take care and my best to you all.


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AliciaC 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I'm very sorry about this tragic incident and about your sad loss, tobusiness. The poem, photos and quotations in this hub combine to create a very powerful message about the evils of violence in our society.


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jhamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

Jo, I am terrified about sending my children out into this world where, you are right, it seems to be more acceptable to be tough as nails, and aggressive, than to be loving and caring. Why do we all accept that this is the way of the world, that we are violent aggresive creatures that can only hurt and cause pain? Great poem, and thank you for sharing. Jamie


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Sallybea, you'll get no arguments from me about taking a tougher stance against carrying weapons in public. To the politicians, another killing is just another statistic, to the families affected, it is a tragedy. I appreciate you stopping by, my best to you.


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sallybea 2 years ago from Norfolk

tobusiness - how very sad, my heart goes out to you and your family. I only heard about another tragedy at lunchtime on the lunchtime news where someone was killed with a machete! Another barbaric and senseless act - will we ever learn!

There should be a much tougher stance taken on carrying weapons in public to deter this kind of tragedy.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Ruby, you said it!! When we could show the children that we value life, maybe they'll learn to value theirs just a little more. Thanks for reading and commenting, much appreciated.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Joelle, as always, very insightful comment. You are right about the ramifications, a moment of madness, a lifetime of sadness and regrets, such a tragedy and a waste of so much promise. I'm glad you liked the poem and the image. Take care and my best to you.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Bill, I had to write this, because of how I'm feeling, but there is no release for the mother and the immediate family, I can't begin to know what they're going through. Thank you for for reading this, it's always good to see you. I'll be over to yours soon.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

What a waste! I am sorry. Your poetry is a powerful message. We send our young men and women to fight and be killed in wars, how horrible that is, yet it's expected. Children having to carry weapons for protection is truly sad. Blessings...


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Jackie, if this had happened in a rough inner city area I would still be shocked but I could understand it to some extent. This awful incident happened in a reasonable affluent area, while there will always be more that can be done to help the most vulnerable and deprived children in the area, this is shocking, because if it could happen in Bedfordshire it could happen anywhere.

Thank you for taking a look at this and for the thoughtful comment. Much appreciated.


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kidscrafts 2 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

I am sorry to hear that you lost someone special in your life... and so young! What a beautiful poem in the memory of the grand son of your cousin.

I can understand your feelings of deep and profound sadness for the waste of two young lives. First, the grand son of your cousin but also the young man who killed him. In 2001, one of my student was killed also in a violent way and I was asking myself "why". It felt so close that it felt unreal. It's very sad when something like that happens. The ramifications of that act are big. It affects two families and a lot of friends. What can we do as a society to stop that waste of young lives!

Thanks for sharing your beautiful poem. What a beautiful picture on top of your hub, Jo! My thoughts are with you!


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Jo, there is no need for me to say anything other than I am so sorry for your loss. I will never understand it...thus the lack of intelligent comment on my part. Beautiful and powerful work my friend.

bill


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

We need a place other than the streets for kids to go. There is never going to be a good ending there even if they live. Why no one gives any thought to this I don't know. How about something like a WMCA that is free with swimming, ball courts, exercise equipment, a minister, job training. Why can't our tax money ever go for something good? To save lives?


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Jane, maybe we as a society need to take a hard look at what message we are sending to young people. People who value life, do not take a life, even if it's for the simple reason that they will forfeit their own. Like you I can't understand it either. Thank you for stopping by much appreciated and my best to you.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Flourish, so many dreams and hopes are lost, but what I'm finding so hard to understand is why do so many youngster find it easy to simply take a life, destroying their own in the process. Are we missing something?


Jane Arden 2 years ago

Your poem captured how things are so accurately. I think that they dont even realise the finality of death. How stupid they are. How selfish they are? I will never understand it. I'm so sorry for you and your family that you have had to undergo the experience of losing a loved one so violently and so young.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

janshares, my heart goes out to you and your family. It is so sad to hear about your loss and another young life stolen before the purpose and potential could be fulfilled. I'll be over to read your poems soon. Thank you for stopping by, much appreciated and my best to you.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Faith, it's a terrible thing when life becomes so cheap, it can be taken in an instant, and as you so rightly said, for no reason. Thank you for taking a look, always appreciated, my best to you.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Devika, the saddest thing is, that children are killing children. Thank you and best wishes as always.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Frank, the emotion is still pretty raw, no one should die in this way, certainly not a child with so much life ahead of him. I'm glad you liked the poem. Thank you for stopping by.


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

Jo, I'm sorry about your loss. Violence is so senseless and wastes not only the lives of those lost but also the dreams of what they would or could have become. Very, very sad indeed.


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janshares 2 years ago from Washington, DC

My eyes well because I can relate after losing a brother to a violent and unnecessary death. My condolences to you and your family. A poignantly rendered poem about the loss of children to homicide, full of emotion. I expressed my pain about my brother in 3 poem hubs as well. It still hurts after so many years but helps to express. Thank you for providing another piece of art by which I can cathart. Up, awesome, and beautiful.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Oh, dear Jo, I am so sorry about your cousin's grandson, so tragic indeed and senseless. Your poem is so powerful. I love all of your quotes and your poem is amazing and profound indeed and should be shared everywhere. Here, where I live, it seems, people, especially young people are killing each other really for no reason at all! It is so very sad.

Hugs and much love,

Faith Reaper


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

Tobusiness, so much can cross a person's mind.. when it comes to killing.. and that quote from anonymous is so crystal clear.. but your poem is raw, to the point and in your face.. that's just theway I would have wanted it if I were the author who penned this


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

A tragic incident killing for power and surely an upsetting event. Sorry to hear of this attack. Gangsters have become uncontrollable. Your poem has a great message.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Thanks Jodah, this means a lot.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Ann, this was born of sadness, anger and a feeling of utter helplessness. Thank you for letting this touch you a little. We read about youngsters dying far too often, but this really hit home.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Oh Jo, that poem is so powerful and should be shared far and wide. It is so sad to hear about the untimely death of your cousin's grandson. It is a violent world we are living in. When people think they have to carry a weapon to protect themselves you know something is very wrong with our society. As well as your poem I love the quotes especially the father's answer to his son about which flowers you pick. Voted up and shared.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England

Such a profound poem for such a sad subject. You bring home the futility of it all in a direct way. Your words pack a punch but also make us feel sad; well-crafted and an important message. Ann

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