8th gradePark Forest Middle SchoolTeacher: Mrs. McKee
In destruction I stood;I looked aroundWhat 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.
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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 downIn the history of man.The violence I saw.The loss of people and races alike.May such destruction be always remembered; But NeverSeen again.