Lost Ones

Looking backward through our archives
shows how soon we will move on
Grow fatigued of graphs and figures
that we’ve heard and seen so long.

By the time that true accounting
is unearthed for us to see
We’ll be on the next agenda
in our sketchy history.

So I write four simple verses
for the ones that are denied
The simple dignity of counting
in our losses nationwide.

May the twisting of the figures
and refutal of the right
Never hide the human tragedy
of those we sadly lose tonight.