Black & Kinky Amongst Brown Waves


poem of the week: after hearing about another mass shooting
December 11, 2012, 11:24 pm
Filed under: media

i started this poem after the Sikh temple shooting, but i never finished it. sadly, the recent Oregon shooting provided enough motivation to work on this piece some more. I don’t think it is completely ‘finished’, but it is ready to go out into the world…

 

after hearing about another mass shooting
© 2012 by margaux delotte-bennett

the house in which we dwell
is crumbling
no one is safe
at prayer or at play
because people with guns
kill people again
and again
and
again

hate and fear are bubbling to the surface
and the loss of life
is no longer rare

growing old should not be a luxury
and one should not feel that
they are taking their life in their hands
when going to the mall or mosque
temple or classroom
government building
or greasy spoon

how much violence
(often fueled by intolerance)
do we need to stomach
before we make it stop
and we can
make it
stop
with our questions
and our counseling
through our parenting
and our policies
and our sheer will to turn the tide

we can and should do better

lives are in the balance
lives are on the line.

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