A Cry to the Heavens

An elegy by the Senior Class, Rift Valley Academy

Scattered shoes and broken glass

Strewn on sparkling marble floors,

Sounds of trickling fountains

Drowned out by thunderous gunfire

Exploding from men with dark intentions.

Lives lost in senseless slaughter

Leave the hallways of our hearts empty.


Our spirits are heavy,

Minds full of fear and doubt.

Finding peace in the valley of the shadow of death,

To the Lord we cry out

with every labored breath –

For meaning, answers, forgiveness, hope,

Healing, and REDEMPTION –

Come before tomorrow

for we need light in the darkness,

a darkness wrought with sorrow.


We cry out to the Heavens for

An answer to the madness.


Restore to us the gift of peace,

The promise of life free of fear.

The days go on and on

Healing cannot happen fast,

But through love and strength and unity

The cowardice of evil men will not stand.

We can hope for another day,

A sky filled with joy and not with blackness

And the laughter of children

Will restore our halls to gladness.


It is with love and unity that we pray for all of you who are grieving and shaken by this horrendous act.  We stand together with you.  You are not forgotten. RVA Class of 2014

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