If I could just forestall the suffering
Of little ones
Locked by a heartless bind
And prevented even from the comfort
Of their parents’ loving arms.
If I could somehow stave off
And their helpless rage
For what should never have been made
At their tender age.
If only we all raised our voices
And demanded cruelty stop,
Maybe those who caused the pain
And obviate the healing
Will make way
For better others
Who would lead not by agony
Merriam-Webster’s word for July 14, 2018:
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