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A Tribute To Four Students Killed At Kent State. May 4th 1970

Updated on August 24, 2017
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In a split second times 4 they were gone.

Death too is only skin deep and is quickly revealed by sudden tragedy
Death too is only skin deep and is quickly revealed by sudden tragedy | Source

Armor piercing bullets, No medical assistance standing by, One student bled out in the parking lot.

A tribute to four students killed at Kent State..1970

Oh, Allison we miss you

when we hear young mothers sing

as they rock their tiny babies off to sleep

for you were a child of rock

snatched away in sudden shock

and the thoughts of what you

could have been hurt deep!

Oh, Sandy when spring flowers bloom

through gaps of April snow

we remember how you brightened up our world

always quick to lend a hand

quicker by the hand of man

back to Mother Earth so early you were hurled

Oh, Jeffrey when we see

a young man holding his girl close

so full of life

and sharing a sweet kiss

we visualize the way you died

the girl bent over you who cried

and we grieve for all these years

you've had to miss.

William...every happy guy

who has that dream caught in his eyes

brings a tear to ours

cause you once filled those shoes

dreams die hard when you are young

your dreams had only just begun

when fate declared that you'd

fall victim to your views

Yes * "Flowers are better then bullets."

but flowers over graves now remain

though your lives were so brief

we have learned from our grief

May 4th's tragedy was not in vain

but we pray it won't happen again.

*The quote "Flowers are better then bullets." was

attributed to Allison on the day before she was shot

and killed by the National Guard at Kent State.

She was quoted as saying it to a National Guardsman

as she was inserting a daisy into the barrel of his rifle.

© 2009 MFB III


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