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...A Tear Rolls Down My Cheek

Sunday morning
Over a cup of tea
I switch on to news apps and TV
Exclusive news breaks
Words shower shrapnel
Senses wounded
Smoke and ashes
Swirl in the city
Flowers and birds
Crushed and killed
Gardens lie hurt and bleed
Little swans with burnt wings
Cry and shrill in searing winds
Backpacks, notebooks smolderin’
On their way to seek light
Those little angels descend to eternity

I take a sigh-only a sigh
And a tear rolls down my cheek

Submitted: Sunday, June 02, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, September 04, 2013

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At least 15 children were killed in a school van gas cylinder blast that took place in Gujrat (Pakistan)

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  • Hira Akhtar (4/24/2014 2:55:00 AM)

    whenever such things happen in our country, it causes a panic in the city and citizens and also we can't do except letting our tears hit the floor or help those people: (
    We can just pray for them...

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  • Akhtar Jawad (4/1/2014 2:10:00 AM)

    An impressive poem indeed.

  • Muhammad Ali (1/1/2014 11:34:00 AM)

    may we have courage to speak the truth. and may we have courage to admit what we are. and where we stand. we all.

  • Brian Johnston (12/31/2013 6:45:00 PM)

    I swear I have so many questions for God! This is the first poem of yours that I have read and I now look forward to reading them all. I look forward to return visit from you as well. To me it's almost impossible to understand such tragedies. The only way I can avoid anger is to remind myself we (you and I) are incapable of understanding God's perspective on this kind of issue. Right now the only good i can see is your poem... Many people may be touched. But surely something more is required to balance the scale!

  • Geetha Jayakumar (8/21/2013 7:45:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem Jasmine.. Its too painful when we see such tragic news..but each day one or the happens and we hear it...we can just pray, may their soul rest in peace.
    Wonderful poem and each lines are well written.

  • Aftab Alam Khursheed (6/22/2013 7:56:00 PM)

    O death where is thy sting....JK I always think and shrink within my thought and fall sick.You have brought out the fact with knitting nicely that must touch the heart and mind Nature's game, now here at Uttarakhand (I am staying here as posted) Thousands of dead body all round you must be going through the NEWS well writ poem

  • Yasmeen Khan (6/6/2013 12:11:00 PM)

    Wa Alakum Asslam(peace to you) , thanks for nice comments.

  • Julie Schleppegrell (6/6/2013 7:58:00 AM)

    Assalam Alaikum Jasmeen. sad but wonderful story in this one [3

  • Valsa George (6/6/2013 6:52:00 AM)

    When innocents are snatched away untimely, it leaves a deep scar! Often tears roll down my eyes when I go through the newspaper, reporting such incidents of mass casualty of school children! A moving write! !

  • Shahzia Batool (6/5/2013 4:52:00 AM)

    Senses wounded
    Smoke and ashes
    Swirl in the city
    Flowers and birds
    Crushed and killed

    tragedy is captured and tears are shared! ! !

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