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As the emergency nurse on call,
I'm paged to a school bus accident.
And I rush out to the location,
personal emotions set aside.
It was a scene of bloody carnage,
small bodies terribly disfigured.
A boy burnt beyond recognition,
was screaming in agony dying.
I knew that I couldn't save this boy,
and though it hurt I had to leave him.
I was too busy with other kids,
to give him any more of my time.
Despite his torment I left him there,
for those who had a chance needed me.
And among the screams I shut his out,
as I set about to save young lives.
Then I felt a tap on my shoulder,
the police gave me news of my son.
And led me to a sheeted stretcher with
the corpse of that same little boy.
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