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“It can happen anywhere.”

by Rob Littler

News reports wake the day
To sirens wailing, the clang
Of real happening everywhere
Inside and out—the Anchors
Saying it a thousand times
One way, but new knowing
News is always breaking
For the uniformed.

Tapping in, then
Tapping out. I hear what sounds
Like new 911 calls. But they are
Like all the others. I imagine
Someone in a family somewhere
Else, getting up and getting dressed,
To be some place certain. I have seen
That quaking. Their sadness and trembling—
These tragedies are becoming natural to living.


Posted on 03/01/2012
Copyright © 2021 Rob Littler

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 03/03/12 at 05:05 PM

I like the feel and message of the piece. An admirable attempt at reminding us of the indifference we sometimes develop over time in light of such tragedies.

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