Death at UCLA, teacher

And then shooter, then


Spouse found, murdered



Death-number increases

Of soldiers lost to flood

At Fort Hood in Texas


Migrants’ lives lost

Beyond counting, since

Too many die unknown


In Mediterranean waters

Or on western Asian



Nigerian school children

Lives erased, such is the

The plan of those who

Took them


And these are in the

Process of becoming old

Well-worn news, such is

Our way


Though beyond blame

Is the stress of bearing

Our world, a planet of



And of sorrow


Atlas shrugged, the novel

Claims?  Atlas should

Have wept


Charon demands gold

For passage, though the

Real currency is life