In Memory XVI Nice

In Memory XVI

By Siegrid Raible

Nice, France, Bastille Day, July 14, 2016

On a warm summer’s evening on the beach
In this resort town on the French Riviera
After a glorious display of fireworks
A young man in a white delivery truck reigns death upon the onlookers

Eighty four dead on the Promenade des Anglais
Among the dead, ten children, our future – gone
Two Hundred Two injured – with some barely clinging to life

What can be done to end the madness?
Three days of mourning
A national state of emergency extended for three months

We mourn the dead and pray for their families and the injured
We can best honor their lives by finding a way to end the violence
We must not give in to despair but continue to work towards peace

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