9/11 or 7/22

We lost our innocence that day
Something dark crawled out of the towers
smoke, ashes and hatred
layered the streets for days
for weeks, for years

We lost our innocence that day
When children were the enemy
petrefied, horrified
swimming for their lives
from a deserted island

We lost our innocence that day
when girls were taken
Taken, to become women
for men who loathe them
for their heritage

Everywhere
Every day
We lose our innocence

We lose it to hatred
We lose it to fear
that fill the gaps
of the wounds of others,
seeps out as the wounds
grow deeper

Let our children
be safe from these wounds
and this loathing
Only then can they
resume the innocence
for their own little ones

(SGD, September 11, 2014)

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