I was inspired by my desire to watch the fireworks conflicted by my hesitation to watch them anywhere near my neighborhood. Such a tragedy when you do not feel safe where you rest your head every night...
- VQ



The sound resounds deep in our chests

Hundreds of heavy hearts sink in unison

Impending doom rests in the pits of our stomachs

Silent prayers reach the stars instantly; instinctively

Innate hate fuels the soldiers on these streets

Scavenging and savaging to barely survive

Never given a real chance at peace or progress

Every opportunity diminished by the density of poverty

Wandering around worthlessly defeated by default

Anger misdirected at one another’s heads instead

Ruthlessly reducing human beings to beasts

Knowing that behind the fireworks is bloodshed