Is slipping away
Like water held in cupped hands.
I should be watching cartoons,
I am Watching the news.
I should be laughing at jokes,
I am crying for lives lost to brutality and hate.
I should be playing outside,
I am sitting inside because the streets are no longer safe.
I should be going to school,
I am staying home in fear of a shooting.
I should be young and carefree,
I am burdened by the concerns and worries of the adult world.
Minds once virgin to the ideas of violence and hate
Have now been raped
By news unthinkable.