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Shared Anxiety

By John94

news brings apprehension
malls closing
security heightened
plans being made

normalcy is evolving
including pensive joys
revolving around tense moments
of remembering and fear

smiles though fewer carry more weight
hugs last longer with tighter squeezes
hellos and farewells are more heartfelt
calls to family and loved ones more frequent
just checking in

they're killing people in churches
our leaders are complimenting the enemy's
"doggedness"
news shows pictures of hospitals mistakenly hit
civilian victims of this war
we watch with apprehension
knowing we will never be the same

may God guide our hearts and our hands, may our strikes
hit their marks, and may our spirits not be disheartened.

— John94

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