here's this week's entry for Jezri's Nightmares 55 Word Challenge:
It sat there, decades later, a silent reminder of all I had lost that day.
The children ran around it, knowing nothing of the sorrow, the blood, the death. Knowing nothing of the innocence I lost so that they could remain.
It sat there, overgrown with trees, a silent reminder of the price I paid.
(55 words exactly)