Flower Heads Torn

The following is a community-created poem started on my Facebook page regarding the most recent massacre of innocent children at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. The contributors are from all over the country, one from London. We hope you will share it.

We are writers, poets, teachers, mothers, fathers.

The invitation from Linda Drattell’s Facebook post:

The news has been devastating. How do we cope with mass shootings? Our community writing a poem together, where each of us adds a line, might be helpful. It doesn’t solve anything, just helps us cope. Maybe someone in power will eventually read it and be moved by it.

Flower Heads Torn

Flower heads torn, young leaves shorn

Blood on the floor, shock at the door

Only thing left is families who mourn

While we cling to hope that things will change

The madness goes on and on out of rage

Lives stolen, hearts broken

Rage hollered, grief unspoken

Thoughts and prayers looked upon as tokens

Guns win, no change through the commotion

Hearts bleeding, children weeping, life forever changed

Mental health now the sole blame

Political invasion, lost equation

smoke screen evasion as guns reign

Children’s fears in the classroom

Haunt me as guns destroy freedom

So horribly unnecessary

Police simply emissaries

Of bad news

What’s America coming to?

Could be your child, your neighbor’s, your niece

With gun laws let’s end the unbelievable grief

Action, not thoughts and prayers, brings permanent relief

Need policy change to end gun violence

Not silence, not silence

Hearts are shattered and families mourn

Laid to rest, so recently born

This community poem was created from submissions by: Linda Drattell, Rachel Zemach, Evelyn Marie Ruhlman, Edgar Palmer, Lisa Harbour, Julie Rems Smario, John Garvey, Cynthia Moynihan, Eunhee Soh, Helen Schreibman-Smith, Marilyn Dykstra, Marsha Kopp, and Linda Moore Marple.

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