‪Solvable Conundrum Limerick‬

The second amendment is on what they rely

But how many more innocents should die

What the NRA proffers

Is more money from their coffers

To perpetuate ‘fun’ guns for guys

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‪AR-15‬

Accept

Responsibility

For

Ignoring

Frustrated

Teenagers

Expressing

Exasperation

Now

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.

Why Try

Why why why

Tears in our eyes

Not a dry eye

As we cry

And try to find allies

To stop standing by

As more and more die

Try try try

To stop the guy

The one that’s too shy

Who’s trained his mind’s eye

On the reply

That let the words fly

Sigh

Decry

Retry

Solidify

Intensify

‪Our Rights‬

Our rights

Are fallible

And shouldn’t

Allow such grievous

Wrongs

Our amendment

Can be amended

To reduce the

Number of lives

Senselessly ended

By weapons only intended

For

Killing

You, me, he, she

Politicians

Can we finally

Try to stop this

Repeated travesty

Honestly!

I write early every morning. Whatever pops into my hear, or might be festering there. This one after the eighteenth school shooting in 2018. How tragic that our politicians refuse to do anything to even try to change this. Why does anyone need access to weapons designed to slaughter humans. We need tools to spray people with live and compassion and kindness. I love YOU. PEACE.

Photo taken at the UN in NYC

‪The Heart‬

The heart,

in love,

is the strongest,

most vital thing

in the universe

At once flexible,

resilient, and as solid

as anything ever was

With love, the heart

entwines with others

to form an impenetrable bond

Let its strength and vitality

Be YOURS

For Gail and the world

‪Saving Grace‬

Your saving grace

The one who helped you save face

Who gave sage counsel

Who gives it to you straight

Who reigns you in

When trouble you’re getting in

How to return the favor,

Making your offering

Something to savor

Be a someone

Keep the other

From coming undone

‪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