Another icy stare
with thin, dark eyes
surveys the masses
looking out with judgment and hate.
The shooter proclaims
and blood flows from the victims
slowly blending with the tears of those who loved them.
As another newsfeed crawls by,
in disbelief we sigh
and share and ‘like’
and even give of ourselves
for one shining hour, one day or some other temporary way.
Then, we scurry and hurry
to the next moment
the next post
the next shiny, viral something.
We proclaim, WE WILL NOT FORGET!
yet we do, we did and sadly,
we will again, until the next time
those terrible eyes glaze over
narrowed with anger and evil intent,
the loaded weapon of ignorant insanity
fires again and again
with a terrible sound
WE ALL CAN HEAR!
We hear the sound, but we do not listen to its vibration.
Our shoulders permanently shrugged
Our eyes glaze over.
We forgot; we forget.
By: Renee Howerton
Originally inspired by the shooting at the Pulse in Orlando and I found it today, September 6th, 2020. It still rings so true and my heart hurts.