It dropped in their midst
In front of fathers and sons
Mothers and daughters
Someone’s family and friend
Slowly dawned on their faces
And so did terror
They only had mere seconds
To flee certain death
But his feet took him nearer
Against all reason
Against the great tide of fear
That swirled inside him
And crippled the bravest man
Even as others
Closed eyes and shielded with arms
He sprang and covered
The grenade with his body
And thought to himself
On the last millisecond
“I hope they’re okay”

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