“X” – eXtinguish the flames #atozchallenge #riots


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Luz last night the hellioned beast raised its ugly head  in NewCago.

The gangs have unleashed their secret weapon.

They circled the opportunity like a predator for months

Fires are burning all over NewCago and there are just too few good people to put them out.

Those who had a job have one no longer.

Most have lost their meager possessions.

Young men are empowered with hatred.

The police are behind their iron clad doors.

Leaders had their speeches prepared in advance.

Hearts have gone AWOL.

…and if I don’t find a way to extinguish these flames,  NewCago will be nothing but ashes.

“Life in NewCago” is a  fictional series. The protagonist, Sam, is trying to restore a city run by gangsters and most of the people helping Sam are dead. There’s not much a single individual can do to put out the flames even if he can’t be killed.

Baltimore, a city that I love dearly, is in a shambles today. Fortunately,  there are community heroes who are trying to calm the heat. May those who care about their  city prevail.

This is a rather sobering post for the letter X. I want to thank the A to Z Challenge coordinators for this month of blogging.

Photography: Baltimore by L. Moon

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Published by moondustwriter

Thank you for visiting Moondustwriter. In 2019, we have an exciting project. We are working with a team developing elementary curriculum for African children. As a writer, it is a thrill to help children who want to learn. I've been part of the blogging community for more than 10 years. Some old timers may remember the award winning (2012 Twitter Shorty ) blog community - One Stop Poetry. I was the (quiet) originator of the idea and co-producer of One Stop Poetry. I am a published writer, poet, artist and photographer. I have written, as well as edited, for periodicals, radio, blogs and fellow writers. There are many facets to this moon - thanks for stopping by.

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  1. Sad about Baltimore, but then sad about so many beautiful places: where is our world going Leslie? Yes a good challenge, still searching for a good final “Z”!

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    1. Thnaks Melissa – the series was written so A to Z visitors could read it as a stand alone. I didnt have an X written so it was sadly inspired by the situation in a city I love.

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  2. It was horrible seeing the Baltimore news last night, especially the live shots of the destruction. Hopefully, the healing will begin. As M. L. King said “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
    Thanks for stopping by my blog-somersethouse.me!
    My Z day will include an interview with author Gillian Larkin from the UK.

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