A NATION'S TEARS IN HONOR OF THE LOST LOVED ONES OF SANTA FE HIGH; Congressional Record Vol. 164, No. 85
(Extensions of Remarks - May 23, 2018)

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   A NATION'S TEARS IN HONOR OF THE LOST LOVED ONES OF SANTA FE HIGH

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                           HON. PETE SESSIONS

                                of texas

                    in the house of representatives

                        Wednesday, May 23, 2018

  Mr. SESSIONS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in memory of the eight 
students and two teachers who were horrifically massacred during the 
Santa Fe High School shooting. Our prayers go out to them and their 
families, and the wounded. I include in the Record this poem penned in 
their memory by Albert Carey Caswell.

                            A Nation's Tears

                       (By Albert Carey Caswell)

     A Nation's tears
     So lie here
     For all those lost loved ones so dear
     And their hearttbroken families gathered here.
     A Nation's tears
     As now appear
     All in the darkest here
     In a parent's worst fears
     In what evil has reared
     In the darkest of all hearts which appeared.
     Young beautiful children with such great futures near
     With so many moments up ahead of happiness in the coming 
           years,
     Now disappear.
     Our children are but the very hope of the world so very 
           clear,
     To hold in our arms and hearts to endear
     And those teachers so here,
     Whose whole life was dedicated to teaching the ones we hold 
           dear.
     Now, with all the families left in tears,
     With the kind of pain only Heaven can heal.
     When, united once again as Angels in arms they feel
     As we will remember their beautiful faces,
     to warm our hearts in all those cold places
     And remember their smiles and try not to cry for a while
     And may all the wounded bind up their wounds,
     and for their fellow lost students and teachers ever shoot 
           for the moon.
     A Nation's tears
     Trying somehow to make sense of all this here,
     As one things stands clear,
     There is darkness
     And there is light
     All in this battle from the beginning in sight,
     Of Good versus Evil,
     Of Dark versus Light,
     In hearts let us remember the darkness is no match for the 
           light,
     The kind which in those lost students and teacher which 
           burned bright.
     Let us find peace
     Let us find rest
     By keeping them in our hearts,
     and by leading the lives of the best.
     To make a difference with our light in the time we have left,
     And now we lay them down to rest.
     We pray our Lord their souls to bless,
     And their loved one's pain ease no less.
     But, take heart for these,
     live now as Angel's in the Army of our Lord in peace
     And they will watch over you day and night,
     and in your sleep
     And when there comes a gentle,
     their tears shall wash down you to ease your pain
     Until, up in Heaven you meet again and you won't have to cry 
           no more.

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