How does your heart not break,
your smile not crack,
your countenance not despair,
when in a free world as we claim
a man greets his family on his way to work
and the evening is greeted with tidings of his sudden demise
and nothing is done about it?
The son looks at the tiny car and remembers his father's promise to get him a bigger one.
It's 8pm and he stares blankly at his book. Daddy always helped him with his homework.
He waits by the TV.. It's 9pm - Time for their favourite show 'Football game replay.' He can't help but cry.
The daughter waits silently by the door, hoping daddy would come in again, carry her and call her princess once more.
Who is going to hold her hand when she is sacred or make her happy when she is sad?
Angry at daddy for leaving, she cries and runs to her room and never wants to come out.
The mother looks disoriented, distressed, still in shock, scrambling to find answer to the questions her children keep asking,
"Mummy where is daddy?"
Silently wishing, hoping it is just a nightmare yet she wakes up still to this disbelieving reality dumped on her.
She tries but it's too much. It is so hard.
The family has been gifted a great ordeal.
And soon, it will be, like every other 'incident' a thing of the past forgotten yet to be relived again.
It will be the talk of the day and take the place of the date we do not remember.
The tears shall drop, voices waggle, angers boil and a silent retreat shall be next.
What was his crime and the crime of every other person killed with him?
Trying to survive in a world where anything goes,
where people care less about others,
where justice is just a mere word,
where it is so hard to love.
It is truly heartbreaking to wake up to the news of people dead in their numbers, even if you expected this kind of situations.
It is truly disheartening to see people die like their lives were mere worthless commodities.
It is truly soul wrecking when something happens and the change still doesn't come -
just more empty promises, useless undirected anger and mere wishes and prayers of condolences.