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169 Faces

by Chris Sorrenti


168 faces
smile from the television
giving tears
to my own eyes
in the shattered love
and faces
they left behind

how is it
I feel so close
to those I’ve never met
lived so far away
empathize
with the broken families
when no such tragedy
marred my own life

168 faces
smile in a museum
built on the very site
where once they worked
laughed and played
daydreaming
of loved ones
they’d rejoin
at the end of the day

now
only mute testament
to the madness
of just one face

© 2001
Revised © 2018

90 hits as of September 2018

09/10/2018

Author's Note: Inspired by the Oklahoma City Bombing, April 19, 1995. The terrorist/killer, Timothy McVeigh, was executed by lethal injection on June 11, 2001.

Posted on 09/10/2018
Copyright © 2018 Chris Sorrenti

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 09/12/18 at 03:47 PM

So well written, Chris, how you connect those faces with the one who permanently took theirs away. Sobering and very moving.

Posted by John Herzog on 09/17/18 at 09:08 PM

A reality we're living almost every day now it seems. I was but two years old that day in 1995, but still I feel this. Deeply.

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