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Two memorial sites created one mile apart.

Two incidents happening three weeks apart.

Two victims aged six years apart.

One gone right before Christmas.  

One gone right after New Years.

Clusters of candles lay stacked like miniature scale models of New York City.  Balloons, once hovering several proud inches above the ground, now droop listlessly, almost apathetically, as though they’ve forgotten what they were originally placed there for.  Nicely-framed pictures of them in their prime, nice pictures to blot out the memories of twisted wreckage, broken glass, wailing ambulance sirens, blood, shattered limbs, flat-lining heart monitors, inconsolable mothers, unused toys, unopened presents, and unrealized dreams.

The warmth of the bouquets harangued endlessly by the cruel cold of the winter air.

Ongoing condolences, sympathy, and grief mocked by the sudden, brutal finality of it all.

Two empty beds.

Two empty rooms.

Two funerals.

Too soon.

We never said hello...

But it still hurts to say goodbye.

Not much to say.  Just my thoughts about two incidents near my home.……



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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Very powerful stuff and well written.
whitefangedwolf200 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very well wrote though sad to read. It's sad to hear about the two life's lost
ThetaSigma7 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Wowsers. Deep stuff.
AmbiguouslyAwesome1 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are an amazing writer.
MartmeisterPaladin Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist
I am sorry.
Did you know them?
EnvySkort Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
No.  But it's nonetheless heartbreaking to know that two young people lost their lives in the span of a few weeks.
MartmeisterPaladin Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist
It is. I still remember when two sixth formers in my old school died within weeks of each other.
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