A Tribute to Four Students Killed at Kent State. May 4th 1970
In a split second times 4 they were gone.
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 flowersbloom
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 than 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 than bullets." was
attributed to Allison on the day before she was shot
and killed by the National Guard at Kent State University
She was quoted as saying it to a National Guardsman
as she was inserting a daisy into the barrel of his rifle.
© 2009 Matthew Frederick Blowers III