Mary E. Rogers


Virginia Tech massacre
Students gather to mourn after the shooting at Virginia Tech
where 33 were killed on April 16, 2007

IWVPA Club Recognition of Outstanding Non-War Related Writing: April 20, 2007
Awarded: April 20, 2007
A senseless act so cruelly wrought
Upon the innocent it has brought

A Nation mourning a great loss
We turn again towards the Cross

For strength and hope that we endure
For pain and grief there is no cure

So many children laid to rest
By grieving parents who were blessed

To share their lives for a short time
To lose them so soon to a senseless crime

A troubled man he took their life
Their hearts now feel the stabbing knife

Of grief and anger for all that’s gone
And wondering how to face the dawn

There is another mom and dad
Whose hearts are broken and very sad

For their son who now is gone
Into the darkness he was drawn

They grieve for lives taken by a son
Who silenced them with the sound of a gun

As white flakes fell upon the ground
Their screams were echoing all around

Their innocent laughter taken away
On that cold snowy fateful day

So many beating hearts are still
The sound of silence now so shrill

Above the clouds they stand and wait
At the entrance to Heaven’s gates

For parents and all they left behind
Where they still live within their mind

Where memories of them will always remain
Echoing in silence and unbearable pain

We search for peace, so aimlessly
As tears stream down so shamelessly

As they fall
The Sounds of Silence