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The Joker's Last Laugh

Updated on August 1, 2012
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HL Keeley has received a Bachelors degree in middle grade education. She is currently teaching high school.

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James Holmes referred to himself as "The Joker" but was dressed as "Bane"
James Holmes referred to himself as "The Joker" but was dressed as "Bane"
Tom Sullivan, center, embraces family members outside Gateway High School where he has been searching franticly for his son Alex Sullivan who celebrated his 27th birthday by going to see "The Dark Knight Rises"
Tom Sullivan, center, embraces family members outside Gateway High School where he has been searching franticly for his son Alex Sullivan who celebrated his 27th birthday by going to see "The Dark Knight Rises" | Source
Jessica Ghawi was killed during the mass shootings at a Colorado movie theater, July 20, 2012.
Jessica Ghawi was killed during the mass shootings at a Colorado movie theater, July 20, 2012. | Source
Moviegoers were evacuated across the street as Aurora Police strung crime scene tape around the parking lots encircling the movie theatre, July 20, 2012.
Moviegoers were evacuated across the street as Aurora Police strung crime scene tape around the parking lots encircling the movie theatre, July 20, 2012. | Source
Jarell Brooks, seen in this undated handout photo, was shot in the leg on June 20, 2012 at a screening "The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora, Colorado.
Jarell Brooks, seen in this undated handout photo, was shot in the leg on June 20, 2012 at a screening "The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora, Colorado. | Source

Panic consumes them

In the dark, theatre room.

How do they escape?


Just moments ago

Everything seemed so normal

When the Dark Knight rose.


Now it is a sea

Of confused adolescents

And many adults.


Was that a gun shot?

Someone screams with all their might.

People flee in fright.


Law enforcement has

“The Joker” in custody.

This is travesty.


Twelve have departed

To the other side of life

Safe and sound tonight.


Fifty-eight people

Suffering from injuries

Sleep with fear tonight.


Thirty survivors

Are in the infirmary

For their outside wounds.


Eleven people

Make way to recovery

From serious wounds.


Please pray for the ones

Who have been robbed of loved ones

Let them mourn in peace.


Lets come together

As a country united

To never forget.


The world is made of

Many people in disguise

Appearing normal.


To end this poem

Lets reminisce the lost souls

Departed from life.


To be forgotten

Is when someone truly dies.

Never forget them.


No matter how tough

The obstacles are in life

Everyone is loved.



"The image in our heads is stuck in there. I still have the ticket right here and, honestly, I'm never going to forget this night at all."

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A beautiful tribute my friend. We will never understand what drives some people to do senseless acts of violence.

    • Nikki Major profile image

      Nikki Major 

      6 years ago

      It's prayer time...we need to pray now more than ever. Beatiful hub.o

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