Sunday, February 18, 2018

Vigil #30

A boy not old enough
to vote or buy a beer
buys a gun.
Another school
sick/slick with blood.






Our hearts
go out


Yes, our hearts
go out

until the next
senseless tragedy


and prayers
we conceal
and carry      on

According to the Gun Violence Archive, 30 mass shootings have occurred in the United States as of February 14, 2018.

Note: the Parkland shooter is actually 19 and old enough to vote.  

For Poetry Pantry at Poets United


Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Yes to your spare poem. No to more violence by guns.

Colleen Looseleaf said...

Perfect. My heart is out. More angry than broken at this point.

Sherry Marr said...

It is too much. At the very least, prohibiting sale of assault weapons to civilians would be a good start, unlikely to happen. Horrifying.

brudberg said...

Seeing from abroad how the US is held at ransom to the gun industry makes me sick...

There will always be those crazy ones, but they cannot all be locked up before the act.

Donna@LivingFromHappiness said...

You poem hits the mark and hits the heart....

Fireblossom said...

"Thoughts & prayers" has become instant puke time with me. Such a hollow cop-out. That, and "This isn't the time..."

R.K. Garon said...

I share your frustration...

kaykuala said...

Emotions uncontrolled and all the offensive hardware are available. It is sad! This is not the last, one is to hear of it, agreed, MZ!


Mary said...

Thoughts and prayers do nothing. Empty words when it comes to these shootings. Well expressed, MZ.

gillena cox said...

Wish it ended there. Or never happened at all


Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

I admire those who can steel themselves to speak out, as must be done. I have pretty much been struck dumb by now.

annell said...

"Our hearts go out," maybe that is why we no longer have a heart? It is time...or way past time....

M. A. S. said...

The last line is brilliantly haunting.

grapeling said...

I would curse but those are impotent spells.

I hope the young will lead us, because the elders have failed ~

hyperCRYPTICal said...

Yes, thoughts and prayers such meaningless when uttered by one who has vested interests in those that carry guns.
How many lives lost will it take to bring change...far to many.