8th grade Park Forest Middle School Teacher: Mrs. McKee
In destruction I stood; I looked around What did I see? Devastation everywhere. Nothing left. Just debris.
North I glanced. Whom did I see? People without names; Children without families. Men, women and children alike, Snared and shuffled by one man’s decrees.
South I glanced. What did I see? People who were but numbers, Of what they were, but a piece. Lives destroyed by the thousands, And those who still held on to life: Praying for release.
West I peered, What did I perceive? Smoke arising from human flesh, Hundreds of bodies piled in flame. Homes and possessions taken away, Rivers, fields and roads defiled all the same.
Now East I turned, What tragedy did I observe? Stomachs bloated and ribs apparent, A slice of bread to eat each day. Starving parents and children too, All that was left for them was to pray.
Destruction I see on all sides. Where Chaos rules. And Calamity abides
Let it be written down In the history of man. The violence I saw. The loss of people and races alike. May such destruction be always remembered; But Never Seen again.