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December 14, 2012.- The following poem is in homage to the twenty children who were massacred today in Newtown, Connecticut.

Twenty Candles Snuffed

Twenty children went to school
On this December day,
Their eyes a-gleam with eagerness
To learn. To laugh. To play.

Twenty children sat in class.
Their teachers stood before.
Twenty children shrank in fear
When Death walked in the door.

Twenty empty beds are left
A testament to homes bereft;
Parents bowed down in their grief,
Filled with sorrow and disbelief.

In twenty Newtown homes this year
The holidays will bring no cheer.
For twenty futures have gone dark.
Twenty candles snuffed.

©2012 Phyllis Entis. All rights reserved.