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Barack Mandela
Human Rights Attorney

21 Spirits: Poem for the Children of Uvalde, Texas

Shock and awe!

Tears stream down our angelic faces

Shock and awe!

Parents cry out for their children

As this horror rips our minds

Pain grips our hearts and souls

Even our children cannot be children

Even our children cannot be children

Everything hurts

Everybody hurts

Every family hurts

Our hearts hurt

Our souls hurt

Our spirits hurt

God in heaven paid the ultimate cost

Yet so many innocent lives have been lost

Our warm hearts will never turn into frost

Although an evil line has been crossed

21 spirits have entered the heavenly gates

21 spirits floating as angels in eternal fate

Yet it’s never too late

To transform our sad and dark state

Let us remember the children of Uvalde

Let our hearts and spirits heal the families of Uvalde

Let our spirits fly high like a dove

As the divine light shines hope from above

Let us protect our children with love

The End

This poem and song is dedicated to all those who lost their lives in Uvalde, Texas at Robb Elementary School on May 24, 2022.

About the Author
Licensed Attorney. I earned a Doctor of Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law (1997). I earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Riverside (1994). I was an international student at the University of Costa Rica Faculty of Law (1991-1992) and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Law (Summer 1996). I am a military veteran of the United States Air Force, United States Army, and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). I am a laureate of the National Defense Service Medal from the Pentagon (2006). I am a financial donor to following: Harvard Law, Yale Law, Stanford Law, Berkeley Law, UC Hastings College of the Law, UC Davis Law, Columbine High School, Choate Rosemary Hall, Phillips Exeter Academy, Sidwell Friends School, Viewpoint School, Beverly Hills High School, Eton College in the United Kingdom, Special Olympics, Children's Defense Fund, Obama Foundation, Clinton Foundation, Barbra Streisand Foundation, Princeton University, Florida A&M, Howard University, Spelman College, Morehouse College, and the British Red Cross. I am former special assistant and staff attorney to Governor Pete Wilson of California. I was public affairs assistant to US Senator Barbara Boxer and Mayor Ehud Olmert of Jerusalem and Jerusalem spokesperson Haggai Elias.
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