“Every Morning There’s A New Headline” — A Poem

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Abby Thomas '23, Sports Editor

Every morning there’s a new headline

Another life lost

 

Whether they were exercising

or buying a candy bar

Every morning there’s a new headline

 

I’m scared too

 

I don’t want to read the headline 

and see my friend’s name

 

I don’t want to read the headline

and see my school

 

I don’t want to read the headline

and see my town

 

I don’t want to read the headline

and see someone I love

 

I don’t want to watch a video

of a loved one dying

 

I’m scared too

 

Every morning there’s a new headline

Another life lost

 

But it’s never someone who looks like me

they never have the same skin tone

 

Privilege

 

If I’m out in town

I won’t be searched

 

If I’m jogging in my neighborhood

I won’t be shot

 

If I’m at church

I won’t be killed

 

I’m scared too

 

For my family

For my friends

For other people’s lives

 

Every morning there’s a new headline

Another life lost 

Due to injustice

 

We need to take a stand

Stand up for what is right

 

Stop the injustice

in this cruel world

 

Ahmaud Arbery

George Floyd

Breanna Taylor

The list goes on

 

When will the list end?

When will it stop growing?

When can we wake up

without a new headline?