Survival Program

How do we mourn a hundred children?
Feel the absence of one small hand
and then one other.
 
How do we mourn a hundred women?
Listen to one missing voice
and then another.
 
How do we mourn a hundred
fathers
brothers
lovers?
Trace the shape of one missing face
and then one more.
 
How do we save a thousand lives?
Hold one hand
listen to one voice
look in one face
at a time.
 

Anitra L. Freeman


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