A moment ago
The sun was shining
While we watched
The pounding rhythm of feet

Sweat and water
Tears and laughter
Sharp pains in the side

A moment ago
They stepped over the finish line
Raised fist high
Saw loved ones
Flashed a smile of victory

A moment ago
The Beast unleashed
Memories of planes and buildings,
Drones and wedding parties,
Columbine, Batman,
Kent State
A litany of horrors
A wail of pain
Innocence shattered

All it takes is one moment
To change life into death
Death into despair
And in the midst of tragedy
The unimaginable kindness of strangers.

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Comment by Linda AK Thompson, PhD on April 16, 2013 at 11:06pm

Good evening Silvia - OMG thank you for posting this poem acknowledging and bringing to light the kindness of strangers that saved lives during the aftermath of the terrorist bombing at the Boston marathon. 

Still shocked at just how many natural and man-made tragedies and disasters the world is experiencing.      

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