Poem: Next Time

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By Michelle Garren Flye


Save us, they whispered.

She barely looked up from work.

“You’re fine,” she said.

“Don’t worry so much.”


Save us, they pleaded.

The man in the suit waved them away.

“Make an appointment,” he replied.

“I’m too busy now.”


Save us, they screamed.

Their parents heard and wept.

“We’re sorry,” they mourned.

“So sorry we failed.”


Avenge us, they demanded—

And their peers raised their heads.

“You shouldn’t have died,” they declared.

“We’ll stop it next time.”

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