Crossfire Children

November 23, 1992|By Maria Garriott

''Our children are being damaged in ways we don't even know about yet. In my own community, I see more helicopters flying around with searchlights than I ever saw in Vietnam.''

--George Buntin, executive director, Baltimore NAACP

Again,

I lie awake.

Outside,

I hear loud voices,

gunshots, screams.

Men run through the alley,

laughing.

Another pursues,

cursing.

Fools, I fume.

They play, but

life is snatched away

with the speed of a bullet.

I circle through the bedrooms

touching each child

pulling flimsy covers

over fragile limbs

remembering the God Of Daniel

in the lion's den.

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