Breathes there a person with soul so dead
As never to oneself have said
No matter what excuses may be pled
A child is dead!
In a seemingly prosperous Florida town
A young black boy was wantonly gunned down
The police were summoned and quickly came
But the lad lay dead all the same.
Must we not all wonder why?
A happy, friendly child had to die.
He went to the store and was coming back
Then was slain for the crime of “walking while black”
For too long this has been the case
People hating people based on race.
Fathers mourn and mothers weep
Are our consciences asleep?
Before there is an irrepressible outcry
How many innocents must wrongfully die?
All citizens of good will must take a stand
And drive this viciousness from the land.
Now we all must raise our voice
See the options and make a choice
This is too much we’ll take no more
We must act now to end this dreadful horror.
Let this recent murder be the last
Banish it to a terrible past
Let it never again be said
A child is dead!.

© 2012, Larry Conley. All rights reserved.

Larry Conley (36 Posts)

I am a veteran of the U. S. Army. My good fortune is to be married to a wonderful woman and have two remarkable twin sons who are making their way in the world. I taught civics in a Pittsburgh area middle school. I am a cat and dog lover.


  1. Larry, thank you for this starkly sad poem for a life so senselessly gone. May this child’s face be etched in our minds and hearts forever.

  2. LarryConley (Author)


    As is so often the case, your word choice is perfect. This “starkly sad poem” expresses precisely what I was trying for.

    Trayvon could not have been my son, but he most assuredly could have been my STUDENT.

    We must come together and put an end to this abomination once and for all.

    Thank you as ever,


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