The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Letter to the editor: A poem for Syrians in Leavenworth

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  • To the editor:
    Below is a poem I wrote called "Defiance."
    He saw it coming
    The bullet that blew his heart into eternity
    But not at that moment
    Living in the crosshairs of the snipers
    Surviving with clarity
    on the frontline
    bullets blast all day
    litter the streets, shatter glass
    pock mark the walls
    He saw the sniper on the roof
    loading his rifle with bullets
    two days before he would see no more
    He saw it coming
    but no way to stop it
    In defiance he lived
    met his moment
    crossing the street to get bread
    In the crosshairs of the sniper
    Living on the frontline
    no more.
    Margaret Sampson
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