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Be Good

by Melanie Galeaz

Be Good

I grab my jacket

Keys dangling from my fingers

My hand twists the door knob

But each time

I do not leave 

Not without hearing one of my parents say 

"be good".

Breaking News

September 11, 2001: terrorists took over four planes, crashing them into a field in Pennsylvania, the Twin Towers in New York City, and the Pentagon. There were 2,996 deaths and over 6,000 who were wounded.

As I start my car, 

I hear the words of a new tragedy

Another person who was not good

I close my eyes

Whispering the words

Reminding myself to

"be good".

Breaking News

December 14, 2012: twenty children and six teachers are dead after a gunman went on a killing spree at Sandy Hook Elementary School

All these tragedies

So much death

So many monsters

I am reminded of how lucky I am

To have a safe environment

To have parents who remind me to

"be good"

Breaking News

April 15, 2013: two bombs were set off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and wounding several hundred.

The two words are simple

But they hold more meaning 

Than one may think

Being told to "be good"

Should not be taken lightly

It should be followed through with


Breaking News

November 13, 2015: gunmen and suicide bombers attack a concert, a major stadium, restaurants and bars, and left 130 people dead and hundreds wounded.

It makes me wonder

If their parents

Told them to

"be good"


Breaking News

May 22, 2017: a bomb is set off at the end of an Ariana Grande concert, killing 22 people and injuring more than 100 others.

"Be good" 

Why didn't some people listen?


Comments (4)

Melanie, Your wise advice reflects a pure soul emanating truth and beauty.

Edith castrechini | 2017-06-03 11:20:57

Thanks Melanie!A powerful article.It was just what I needed.

Eileen Hote | 2017-05-30 16:02:25

Thanks Melanie. Very insightful --Terri

Terri Buday | 2017-05-29 06:52:25

Simple and profound. Nicely done. Thank you.

Mary Greendale | 2017-05-29 05:51:51