Are you there, hope?

Every parent took a deep breath
Collectively shocked by your death
Shaken by the things we saw
You could have had so much more
Instead you laid motionless
A test for the rest of us
We couldn’t save you, little one
Your memory burned into the sand by the sun
Dangerous emotions threaten to engulf
Those of us lucky enough
To be safe, to have survived
To have made it to the next day alive.
A new battle will be won
You made a change, little one
You’ll never know what you’ve done
In our small world, you will live on.

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