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Victims of Senseless Violence: A Poem for Victims and Families

Updated on March 1, 2017
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Janis is a licensed professional counselor in Washington, DC. Areas of specialty include grief, loss, life transition, and trauma recovery.

Senseless Killings Cause Children to Worry About Their Safety

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The Senseless Violent Death of a Loved One

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Children Happily Go Off to School and Witness Violence

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"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.

(JLE 2013)

Exposure to Violence Victimizes the Innocent

The eyes of innocence shine brightly before becoming dimmed by the horrors of violence.
The eyes of innocence shine brightly before becoming dimmed by the horrors of violence. | Source

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

A child prays for a peaceful community and safe existence amidst violence in his community.
A child prays for a peaceful community and safe existence amidst violence in his community. | Source

© 2013 Janis Leslie Evans

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      rebekahELLE 3 years ago from Tampa Bay

      A beautiful expression of the grief we feel when we lose another to a senseless act of violence.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks for stopping by, rebekahELLE, and leaving a nice comment.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      The first picture and caption was beautiful...then the poem just added to the beauty. Such an important message....when will we ever learn? Very nice work, Dora!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks, Bill, it's me, janshares :-). It is indeed a very important message in this day and age. Your generous comments mean a lot, thanks again.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      So right, it is not even a shock anymore is it, because it does happen so often and not a clue when or where. Up and sharing.

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      Rayne123 3 years ago

      Beautiful and heartwarming message

      So sad when we have no idea if children r even safe at schools or anywhere anymore

      Bleswings

      Laurie

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      Laura Irwin 3 years ago from The Great Northwest

      This was beautiful. I just put my first child in kindergarten this year and parents in the past had normal worries...will my child do well, will she be liked...now it's will she be safe. So sad. And for teachers as well, the job comes with additional risks now.

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      DREAM ON 3 years ago

      Your whole hub made me think ? In the news we see so much violence and so many senseless victims. Everyone suffers. The families and friends and anyone who fears losing a love one. There is no easy solution.All we can do is be careful and keep teaching awareness through information and spread the word through people that help keep our neighborhoods safe. Thank you for sharing on such an important topic.Remember most people are good and live there lives doing the right thing and there will always be a few rotten apples.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Yes, Jackie, we are all numb. Thanks for reading, voting, and sharing.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Very sad, Laurie. Thanks for your visit and blessings. I appreciate your comments.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks for reading and commenting, izettl. It is indeed a new kind of worry and risk where there should be none, except a child's academic performance and socialization.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you for that last note of positive thinking. I am, too, a believer that most people are good. It's just devastating to us as a whole when that one rotten apple affects so many. Thank you so much for stopping by to read this hub and leave thoughtful comments.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Senseless Killings of Innocent People Poem this is sad children are not even safe at schools and thirteen more shootings occurred after December last year when the many young innocent children died a tragedy no one will forget.

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      Mark 3 years ago from Moundsville,WV

      What a very powerful poem. It is a shame that we live in a world where senseless killings occur. It's so hard to understand what would cause another human to hurt an innocent child. Thanks for sharing

      Mark

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Hi DDE. It is sad when we hear about the increase of school shootings. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Hi Mark, thanks for likeing the poem. It is a shame and so hard to fathom. I appreciate your visit and comments.

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      Very poignant!!

      Nothing good ever comes of violence!!

      Martin Luther

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you, James-wolve. Great quote!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Jan, this is such a sensitive topic. Just the other day, I watched the mystery show about a man who did not want to got to jail for raping his daughter; he preferred to go for murder. So he targeted an innocent family--fortunately the entire family was not at home. Extreme selfishness and insanity!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Unbelievable, Ms Dora. That is insane. Thanks for stopping by to read this one. The last senseless murder of that teacher in Sparks, Nevada moved me to write this hub. I could no longer NOT speak about it.

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      This is a sad indictment on civilization and it is in all countries, not just America. Violet murder has been with us since Cain killed his brother Abel.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Well said, thanks for reading it, Writer Fox.

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      AnnaCia 3 years ago

      I love the poem and its significance. Sometimes I think it is better to go to a corner and shut my eyes and ears so I do not know about this type of cruelty and insanity. Many times I pray and question myself, "Where is that safe place".

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      I appreciate what you've expressed, AnnaCia. Thanks for reading and leaving that thoughtful and thought-provoking comment.

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      Dil Vil 3 years ago from India

      A well written hub, good message and so beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      You're welcome My Cook Book. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Such beautiful and strong words. It's getting closer to home here every day. Last year two little children were gunned down by their grandmother, and we knew of the family. What made it worse was that she called authorities and said they were kidnapped from daycare. But it was her all along.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Oh my goodness, Crafty, that's horrible. Thanks for stopping by to read this hub. It seems to be getting worse with each event. I appreciate your taking the time to read it.

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      Malik S Canty 3 years ago from Brooklyn, NY

      Well done, well said, keep the words flowing, you are an incredible talent...

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Bless you for saying so, Poetic Word Bird. That means a lot coming from you. Thanks for your visit.

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      Malik S Canty 3 years ago from Brooklyn, NY

      You are more than welcome my gifted Sister. I enjoy your work.

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      Karmen 2 years ago

      While most of us grow up thinking our courtny as a safe and protected place to live, it is events such as these that remind us that no one is exempt from senseless acts of violence. It is unfortunate that it takes such reminders for people to mobilize against these issues gun control, hate crimes, discrimination, terrorism and that innocent lives are lost at the expense of a select few or a single individual. It is frustrating to see that while family members and loved ones suffer their losses, the rest of the world reacts with an apologetic and passionate response that seems to work towards reform and recovery to help prevent another violent act in the future. Yet sometimes, these reforms never taken shape and points of recovery are never reached. My only hope is that after these domestic instances that surrounding issues, those previously mentioned as well as others, begin to take precedence in our nation's political and societal debates. Waiting to take action will only cost us more lives and more unnecessary grief for our own courtny's citizens and also the rest of the world. In hearing about the instances in Colorado and Wisconsin, and as they occurred within such proximity of one another, my attention circles around the realities of such violence and how anyone could have been a victim.To the families currently suffering, I wish you the greatest of strength during this time. Though we can grieve as a nation, we only catch a glimpse of the sadness and despair you are now experiencing every day. I sincerely hope that you are reminded of all the support sent your way directly or spiritually just as often.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 2 years ago from Washington, DC

      Karmen, I really appreciate your thoughtful comments. You have eloquently expressed the sadness of the on-going problem of violence and how it will unfortunately continue unless a major shift in our response to it takes place. Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read this important article. I wish you peace.

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      zillaouch 2 years ago

      Now that your heart is open know the black experience in America

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      Janis Leslie Evans 2 years ago from Washington, DC

      Believe me, zillaouch, I'm painfully aware of how violence, on so many levels, inordinately impacts Black America, taking away so many innocent lives of children. Thank you very much for your visit and comment.

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