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Lest We Forget

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49 Day Tribute at the FL Capitol building

Lest We Forget

 

Don’t close your eyes, lest you forget,

Don’t turn away from your fellow man again;

One nation indivisible are we; yet,

 

Divided by self-interest, self-doubt, regret,

This lonely wound wastes away, pain.

Don’t close your eyes, lest you forget:

 

This day, hatred collects her debt,

Torn asunder, an iron rain.

Are we one nation indivisible? Yet-

 

Look at the flags, waving in the sunset,

For each life lost, they stand urbane.

Don’t close your eyes, lest you forget:

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The many faces of our brethren, set

Together, candles and tokens side by side lain,

One nation indivisible, are we yet?

 

 

Under the skin: same blood, same sweat;

Free to choose love or hate, hope or pain,

Don’t close your eyes, lest you forget:

One nation indivisible, we are yet.

 

Note:  On Saturday I visited the tribute to the Orlando shooting victims at the FL state capitol here in Tallahassee.  This poem is my reaction to the tragedy.  Sadly, it seems that for every mass casualty event we as a country come together briefly, then are divided again.  I just hope that no one ever forgets that even though everyone has different opinions, we are still one country, one people.

Hurt. Hate. Hope….So much Hope in the Face of the Darkness

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Silence. Numbness. Heart ache.. so much heart ache. Headline- Another mass casualty event. This one yet again the, “Most deadliest in History.” You see the images of the bereft, the maimed, the dying.
Bleeding. Shocked. Dead…so many dead. You ask, “Why?” and search the news for possible answers. Fingers pointed-
Guns. Faith. Hate.. so much hate. You, america, cannibalize yourself in pursuit of answers. You let the beast of hate and fear devour your rationality.
Blame, Walls, Sides, so many sides. But still no answers.
Yet-
Prayers, Thoughts, Solidarity… so much solidarity. In our oneness, lost, searching, WE come together to support each other’s grieving. WE offer up OUR very blood to the broken.
Selflessness, Compassion, Empathy, so much empathy. WE place ourselves in the victim’s shoes, reaching past our fear of being the victim.
Steadfastness, Determination, so much determination. Even for the briefest of moments, WE strive to find one mind, find a way to prevent this sorrow.
And Love…so much love. The cure to hate to sustain the living. In giving love, We will overcome this beast tearing the fabric of our country.

Hope.