If only every child could flee to Egypt
could go another way
creeps astride or
breaks the glass or
holds out its arms.
Bullets in babies
strangled boys huddled by their beds
girls who went to gather firewood and water
and instead found death.
School children and more
Though Herod got it wrong
the massacre of innocents has become
a daily feast of bloodshed.
* this was written a while back, but today I’ll add a dedication to the memory of Tamir Rice