A moment ago

A moment agoThe sun was shiningWhile we watchedThe pounding rhythm of feetRunningSweat and waterTears and laughterSharp pains in the sideA moment agoThey stepped over the finish lineRaised fist highSaw loved onesFlashed a smile of victoryA moment agoThe Beast unleashedMemories of planes and buildings,Drones and wedding parties,Newton,Columbine, Batman,Kent StateA litany of horrorsA wail of painInnocence shatteredAll it takes is one momentTo change life into deathDeath into despairAnd in the midst of tragedyThe unimaginable kindness of strangers.