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 – Linda Drattell
Blood on the floor, shock at the door – Rachel Zemach
Only thing left is families who mourn – Evelyn Marie Ruhlman
While we cling to hope that things will change – Edgar Palmer
The madness goes on and on out of rage – Lisa Harbour
Lives stolen, hearts broken – Julie Rems Smario
Rage hollered, grief unspoken – Rachel Zemach
Thoughts and prayers looked upon as tokens – John Garvey
Guns win, no change through the commotion – Lisa Harbour
Hearts bleeding, children weeping, life forever changed – Cynthia Moynihan
Mental health now the sole blame – Cynthia Moynihan
Political invasion, lost equation – Cynthia Moynihan
Smoke screen evasion as guns reign – Cynthia Moynihan
Children’s fears in the classroom – Eunhee Soh
Haunt me as guns destroy freedom – Eunhee Soh
So horribly unnecessary – Helen Schreibman-Smith
Police simply emissaries – Linda Drattell
Of bad news – Linda Drattell
What’s America coming to? – Helen Schreibman-Smith
Could be your child, your neighbor’s, your niece – Rachel Zemach
With gun laws let’s end the unbelievable grief – Rachel Zemach
Action, not thoughts and prayers, brings permanent relief – Marilyn Dykstra
Need policy change to end gun violence – Marsha Kopp
Not silence, not silence – Linda Drattell
Hearts are shattered and families mourn – Linda Moore Marple
Laid to rest, so recently born – Linda Drattell
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.