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May 4, 1970
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Where Does It End?  by Jeffrey Glenn Miller

        The strife and fighting continue into the night.
Mechanical birds sound of death as they buzz
spitting fire into the doomed towns where the women
and children run and hide in the bushes and ask why-
why are we not left to live our own lives?

In the pastures converted into battlefields
the small metal pellets speed through the air,
pausing occasionally to claim another victim.
A teenager from a small Ohio farm clutches his side
in pain and as he feels his life ebbing away, he too
asks why-
why is he dying here, thousands of miles from home,
giving his life for those who did not even ask his help?
The War Without a Purpose marches on relentlessly,
not stopping to mourn for its dead,
content to wait for its end.
But all the frightened parents who still have their sons
fear that
the end is not in sight.

NOTE: This poem was written when Jeff Miller was in high school. At this point he'd never been to Ohio.

The May 4th Task Force was founded by Kent State students and victims of the May 4 shootings. Alan Canfora, Robbie Stamps, and Dean Kahler were three of the charter members. The Task Force felt that the truth about what happened in May of 1970 had yet to be told and that the lessons to be learned from the tragedy should be part of a continuous and living history.

Since 1975 it has been the purpose of the M4TF to raise the level of awareness of students, faculty and the general public about the May 1970 shootings and the history of subsequent related events.

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