"There's Always a Flag Flying at Half-Mast"
by Seth Shirer
There's always a flag flying at half-mast,
hanging limply up there on the flagpole,
because of some tragedy now since past,
And now our hearts each bear an empty hole.
What bad thing happened somewhere this time?
What horrific scenes will be in the news?
Go hear the rushing vehicles and klaxons,
emergency response teams, rescue crews.
No one seems safe wherever they should be,
not even the children placed in their schools.
The evil ones seek infamous glory,
While bystanders look, act and feel like fools.
Some crazy people do these wicked deeds
in the name of some worshiped foul being-
gods, demons, or merely voices in their heads-
which only they're capable of seeing.
Some bitter person has an ax to grind,
bearing grievances towards all the world,
and so the innocent people are hurt,
and from the aggressor's hand, pain is hurled.
The talking heads all across the media,
The politicians up on their hill...
If none o