Weep Indeed

Twenty seven
innocent civilians killed -
women and children
in Newtown, Connecticut.

That’s about one
for every hundred thousand killed -
barefoot peasants in Vietnam,
Laos and Cambodia.

That’s about one
for every one hundred killed
when they bombed the slums of Panama
to flush out Manuel Noriega.

That’s about one
for every twenty thousand killed -
children under five years of age
by sanctions against Iraq.

Jon Taylor lives in Nashville, TN. He can be reached at taylor.jon440@gmail.com. Read other articles by Jon.