They came to do battle,
The runners in thousands,
Against one another,
Against the terrain.
Each of them striving towards a personal goal.
They came to do homage,
The joyous spectators,
To the athletes,
To the city,
Each of them cheering the runners along.
He came to do carnage,
With bombs filled with shrapnel,
To maim and to kill,
To punish the living.
Each of them blind to the danger nearby.
They came to do service,
The first responders, the doctors, the nurses,
To succor the wounded,
To rescue those trapped.
Each one determined to help others cheat death.
I honor the heroes who succored the wounded,
Who ran towards the danger to rescue those trapped.
I honor their courage and their dedication.
We oft hear the mantra "Guns don't kill people; people kill people."
Today I'm reminded:
People save people.