Haiti's Heartbreak

I wonder if people are more afraid to cry
Than they are to die.
The world hears heartbreaking news:
Earthquake in Haiti! Out of supplies! Thousands lost!
Sleeping on the streets, not enough to eat,
Family members, friends, dying
All in a single heartbeat.


Ransom Saivon Johnson was in the eighth grade at Northwest Junior High in Coralville, Iowa, when this poem was selected the 2010 Poetry in Public project, sponsored by the Iowa City Public Art Program. Now in its eighth year, Poetry in Public displays poems by local writers of all ages in Iowa City buses, downtown kiosks, and select public buildings from April (National Poetry Month) through the fall.

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on October 18, 2010

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