Victims of Senseless Violence: A Poem for Victims and Families
Senseless Killings Cause Children to Worry About Their Safety
The Senseless Violent Death of a Loved One
Have you lost a loved one to senseless violence?
Children Happily Go Off to School and Witness Violence
"The Sacrificial Lambs of Violence"
Senseless slaughter of the innocent
In the land of life and liberty
A country of brotherly love
A melting pot of diversity and acceptance
Murder wreaks havoc in the land of plenty
Lives taken at the blink of an eye
An eye once looking far and forward
To achieving the American Dream
Violence is winning while
Young boys and innocent girls are losing
No longer free to pursue goals
Cheated by an early fate of death
The cruel sacrifice a mother makes
Losing her innocent lamb
Off to school, to the corner store,
A playground, or to a movie theater
My heart bleeds tears of sorrow
As I hear the latest news
Of another slain victim
Sacrificed, again, as violence lives on.
Exposure to Violence Victimizes the Innocent
Senseless Violence in America Continues
This poem is dedicated to all the families in America who have lost someone to a senseless, violent act. Each day, our sensibilities are over and over again assaulted by the breaking news reported in the media, about the loss of another innocent fellow human being.
Whether it's a six year old child, just beginning to grasp the wonders of life, or a middle aged man snuffed out days before retirement, the losses are all tragic.
When will it stop? When will we go for one week and not hear about another domestic terror attack, school shooting, deadly robbery, or violent home invasion ending in death? Where can we feel safe?
I offer no answers to these rhetorical questions, only a word of validating comfort and a shared grief as a member of one community. By acknowledging the pain families are experiencing across the country, a message of solidarity is sent that "you are not alone and we share your loss."
Until we find a way to teach the value of human life in the midst of our need to express anger, frustration, and disillusionment, we will remain at the mercy of violent expression that so often ends in sudden death.
In the mean time, we can embrace each other with a collective hug of compassion and prayer, for ourselves, our deceased loved ones, and for the souls of those who will continue to perpetrate senseless violence upon innocent people.
Young Victims of Violence Pray for Peace
Help for Survivors of Violence
- Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA) Victim Services Crime Information - Homicide
Learn more about the impact of homicide on family members and where to go to find support.
- OVC Help Series for Crime Victims - Homicide
This series of nine brochures features information and resources for victims of crime and victim service professionals on the topics of assault, child abuse, domestic violence, homicide, impaired driving, robbery, sexual violence, and stalking.
© 2013 Janis Leslie Evans