Elegy for America

The deaths of children as weapons of war.
Desperate people do desperate things.
Her heart beat, then it didn't any more.

Jakelin Maquin, seven, she died for
nothing, from whatever racism brings.
The deaths of children as weapons of war.

Darlyn Cordova-Valle was adored.
People don't leave if they have anything.
Her heart beat, then it didn't any more.

He had a home, then didn't any more.
Carlos Hernandez now has angel wings.
The deaths of children as weapons of war.

Felipe Alonzo, eight; his death tore
his family; Wilmer Vásquez, two, stings.
Their hearts beat, then they didn't any more.

Juan de León Gutiérrez, no more.
Desperate people do desperate things.
The deaths of children as weapons of war.
Their hearts beat, then they didn't any more.

© Christine Salkin Davis, 2019




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