youth: in memoriam

the savagery revealed
in unprovoked assault
leads the soul to question
the breadth and depth of fault

whether evil lies
in action or intent
whether it is weakness
or strength to which hell’s bent

where do we place blame
for wanton reckless deeds
but videos and cell phones
but life’s deliberate speed

and who is to inherit
when meek is done away
by latch-key absentees
whose children are at play.

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