To the Fallen at Virginia Tech

on Wednesday, April 18, 2007

I wish to add my condolences to all the messages of love and support going out from around the world to those victims, families and friends that have been affected by the tragedy at Virginia Technical University in the United States.

We wish that such incidents do not occur and that lives, especially young lives, are not so abruptly and senselessly ended. We wish for a world that is safe for our children.

I pray for God to bring comfort, peace and love to the many broken hearts in the local and extended community.

No one can understand what it is like unless they have gone through something similar. Nevertheless, I felt that such a tragedy cannot go unnoticed or unmarked. The following poem is my attempt to emphatise. I was inspired by the fine writings and reflections of daysgoby.

Did I not dream of you last night?
Felt your presence and all seemed right
Your gentle voice, a lullaby goodnite,
I slept in your arms till morning light

Did I really wake to a world without you?
How am I expected to continue?
The sun is still shining, the sky is blue
But I have nothing this day to get up to

Were you, on this spring day, really taken from me?
Will your dreams now never become reality?
Did he not see your beautiful flame burning brightly?
Are you, my sweet, now safe in glory?

You have left us with so many wonderful memories
The joy, fears and hopes of holding a new born baby
You grew up to be all we could ever hope you to be
All these years, you made us proud and we loved you dearly.

Will I ever really be able to say goodbye?
Remember you without a tear in my eye?
These scars of love upon my heart, I’ll wear with pride
I’ll embrace the pain, and forever keep your memory alive.


...Kat said...

Thank You for expressing care and empathy so eloquently. all morning long I have been listening to the news and at present there is a speaker on...."the world shares our sorrow and pays tributes" the words at this instance as I type....

Proxima said...

That was a really touching poem!

daysgoby said...


You really craft words well, Lone Grey, and your poem touched me....

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

These tragedies affect us all.

Thanks. Just my way of dealing with the tragedy and remembering the lost and the bereaved.

I was actually inspired to write after reading your post on the topic. It was your words that inspired me. I forgot to mention that earlier but it has now been rectified if you care to look again.

JR's Thumbprints said...

So much tragedy in the world, yet we push forward.

patterns of ink said...

nice tribute. This is a painful story, but I must say I feel bad for the VT administration being "Tuesday morning" quarterbacked. The truth is this guy would have taken those in his path no matter what the school had done. We all do these lock-down drills by law, but the real situations will all be different than the drills.

Molly said...


Josie said...

LGS, what a great post. As Kat says, you have expressed it so eloquently. Yesterday when I was watching the news reports, there was one video where I could hear the gunshots, and I found myself crying, because the gunshots were off camera, and I could only imagine what was happening out of sight. All those beautiful young people, gone. And you know, I feel very bad for the shooter as well. What sort of pain would drive someone to do that? He must have been in anguish as well. And imagine how his family must feel too. He was their son. It's all just too heartbreaking. I was going to do a post about it, but I knew I would not be able to do it justice.


Ellie said...

Beautiful poem. I haven't been out and about blog land much but only to post on my own site and I figured people would be posting about this incident. It is a sad time for the community, the country and the world. So many lives touched. I pray there will be healing for each life touched in this massacre.

Janice Thomson said...

How hauntingly beautiful this tribute LGS. There's a mighty fine poet in the depths of your soul.
I wonder how many more senseless tragedies it will take before the world starts paying attention to its state of mind and take some serious action.

my backyard said...

A touching poem. It sounds like you've had some loss in your life.

Open Grove Claudia said...

That's lovely! Thanks for sharing it. You have depth that's wonderful to read and hear.

Top cat said...

Very beautiful and touching.
thank you

daysgoby said...

I'm honored, my friend.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Yes, I guess we have to push forward with hopes for a better tomorrow.

I agree. They are applying hindsight which is unfair. It seems to me that VT admin acted as well as might be reasonably expected under a difficult situation. No one ever really expects and are prepared for the worst.

Amen. we agree.

thank you for your kind words. I am very grieved by incidents like this and I just naturally need to express it. I think it is very gracious of you that you remember Cho and his family too.

Even in this tragedy, God can fashion miracles. We are united in praying for healing for all the lives touched by it.

I greatly value your comments on my poetry. I really appreciate your current comment which is a great encouragement.

Sadly, it seems I draw inspiration at the well of sorrow.

There will always be evil in the hearts of men. We can and must strive as you say to examine our collective state of mind and hearts). That's in the long term. In the short term, I urge Americans to adopt gun control and stop having guns so readily available.

my backyard,
Thanks for your comment. Into each life some rain must fall. I have experienced grief and loss as have all of us, I'm sure. But I have never lost a child nor anyone to violence and I cannot imagine the shock,grief and questioning those affected in the current tragedy is experiencing. But thank you. Your comment was an encouragement to me.

"We mourn with those who mourn" (Bible). If these words helped us to visualise the tragedy unfolding to the firends and relatives and helped us to emphatise, then it has succeeded in their purpose.

top cat,
Thank you friend. To those who died and those left behind.

It was your imagery that helped me with mine. Thank you for a well written and thought out post and for being a caring person.

CS said...

That's alovely poem and it is such a sad, sad situation. I feel so badly for the lives cut short, the families of the people who were killed, and also for the family of the killer. I wonder what sorrow drove Cho to act as he did. (And, I can't help but feel sorry for the psychologist who is being blasted for not recognizing that he was homicidal. If you aren't in that line of work, you can't understand how difficult thatis to assess and how stringent confidentiality rules are.) All the way around, such a difficult tragedy.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

How do we all (psychiatrists, family and community) learn to respond better in the future? We must improve on how we all deal with those mentally unwell.

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