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Once again
we’re huddled around the TV
watching rising smoke
4:09 at 26 miles
as sirens cry
with the mother of
an 8-year-old boy.
Again the details of the tragedy
remain unclear, I’m not at liberty
but the death toll is rising
the SWAT team
has occupied the hospital
there’s a no-fly zone
as fighters fly air cover
over cities

Once again
a president will get
to the bottom of this
and will bring justice to the terrorists
as they round up
the usual suspects
the Saudi student on a visa
careful not to speculate
as we jump to conclusions
on the AM radio dial

as my daughters sleep unaware.