For What Reason

I watched Patton Oswalt say,

‘They say, “Things happen for a reason.”

Michelle Eileen McNamara would say,

“No they don’t. There’s only chaos and kindness.”‘

This struck me. Is he right? Was she right?

Well here’s what I think. Maybe there is only chaos and kindness and certainly chaos is what occurred in Parkland, Florida at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Chaos is what has occurred for a long time when it comes to semi-automatic weapons and the unfettered access we have to them. Kindness is what happens in the rebound of these repeated tragedies but that only provides temporary comfort for those with forever holes in their hearts.

I cried this morning on the way to work when I heard each name spoken with some treasured thing about each of the deceased. But they aren’t the only victims. The chaos make victims of every survivor at the school, every family and friend connected to those deceased and survived, the entire community, teachers and children every where, our nation.

The names of the deceased need to be spoken aloud to learn the depths of despair and depravity.

Alyssa Alhadeff, 14

Scott Beigel, 35

Martin Duque Anguiano, 13

Nicholas Dworet, 17

Aaron Feis, 37

Jaime Guttenberg, 14

Chris Hixon, 49

Luke Hoyer, 15

Cara Loughran, 14

Gina Montalto, 14

Joaquin Oliver, 17

Alaina Petty, 14

Meadow Pollack, 18

Helena Ramsay, 17

Alex Schlachter, 14

Carmen Schentrup, 16

Peter Wang, 15

They were musicians, athletes, Merit Scholar semifinalists, coaches, mentors, sisters, brothers, fathers. All innocent and all part of this ongoing tragedy that only we, in the greatest nation in the history of the Earth, can do nothing about.

Say their names, go back and say the names of the other victims, giving back to Columbine and beyond. They deserve to be spoken and heard. Do something positive to get beyond the chaos and dive into the kindness. Reach out, share love. You are a human being doing.

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‪Move, Stop, Start‬

Move on

Move out

Move your body,

no doubt

Stop meanness

Stop ugliness

Stop shitting on others’

Blessedness

Start being

Start together

Start stopping those afraid

From fleeing

‪Now‬

Today is all there is

More precisely now

While we can

And should

Plan, look forward to

Then

We must live

For now

Be here now

Do now

What needs to be done

NOW

I know now

That what needs to

Be done now

Is share

Love

Now

‪My word‬

My word is my bond

What we can go on

Not just some triviality

Handshake for contract

Not to later retract

This is a true morality

I hope as we proceed

More will adopt this indeed

& not further culture’s amorality

Let’s all take a stand

Find an integrity man

And protect the US of A

‪Connected‬

Who am I and who

are you?

Who is the me,

what am I to do?

Who is the you

you were intended to be?

Who should care

about you or me?

You should for me

and I for you,

for without those

c

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we are all screwed

Sense

This is a response to the weekly Micropoetry response. The word is hashtag SENSE. I enjoy being prompted to think off the cuff, which is how most of my poetry comes into being. This is slightly different in that there is a specific prompt to create from. Hope and Peace.

What’s the #SENSE of:

Doing?

Trying?

Loving?

Hoping?

Praying?

Guiding?

Leading?

Resisting?

Comforting?

Humanity requires each

Of us

Doesn’t that

Make

#SENSE?

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More

More than time

For time is only a concept

More than enough

For enough isn’t

Enough

Was

Never

E n o u g h

More than me

For within me

There is always room for

More

Not

More than love

For with love

E

v

e

r

y

thing

Can BE

She Has Always Known

She reaches out

Pulls it near.

Hugging gratitude close to her heart.

She moves lightly and with joy,

Dancing with gratitude.

For gratitude is the best partner now.

Life being good for so many reasons.

There has been so much for which;

To dance for,

To hug closely for,

To be grateful for,

Everything in this life has had magnificence to offer.

Bringing her to this magical present.

This is the only way to get here.

Who We Are

Racialized in our society

Or being socialized in sobriety,

Or drunken ugliness

That leads to this mess

I must confess

To help redress

My part in the

Lifetime of our nation

Conundrum

I wish we were all hypnotized

And it was all humdrum

To see that

It’s better we change racialized

In my, your, their eyes

That we instead become humanized

And come to realize

That we can apprise

All

That

There is but one race

The

Human

One

Lets slow down

Look around

See the

Beings that are

Humans making

Up

Humanity

Dis

Disintegrate trust

Disinterested in the truth

Disgusting displays of power

Disinterred racist ugliness

Distinguished foreign leaders

Distinctive false statements

Disingenuous concern

Disastrous ten months

Discombobulate the masses

Disillusioned voters

Dishonest leadership

Distasteful statements about immigrants

And others

Distrust in the truth

Dissolution of representative discourse

Dissipation of values and morality

Distancing myself

As much as

Disparate thoughts allow