That Night”

Our Lady Queen of Peace School
Jefferson County, Missouri

I close my eyes and hold them tight,
it feels like I've been doing this the entire night.
All I hear is bangs and booms,
Someone, please, just help me get out of this room!
My mother leans in and says, “I love you so much,”
I hear a scream and I don't feel her touch.
Running is heard and I open my eyes,
people with uniforms are passing by.
Finally, they find me and pull me out.
I was in Paris that night and I don't doubt
That my mother still loves me, even if she is not here.
As I think of that night, I shed more than one tear.