Out of the horror, a poem
I wanted to share a poem I wrote after trying to wrap my head around the horrific losses in Las Vegas. I hope it will start a conversation.
MADNESS by Barbara Gassner This news made no sense at all One wonders how to cope With all the random violence And the enormity of its scope —
One second there was music In another there was death — Scrambling to save strangers Holding on ‘til their last breath.
Killer high above the fray His intent to kill and maim Setting up with no one knowing — All he had to do was aim.
We cannot close our eyes Without seeing the insanity; It has happened way too often — These crimes against humanity.
Atrocities of great magnitude One can hardly take it in — Life will never be the same But we must not let violence win.
The second Amendment gives all the right To defend and to bear arms; I doubt it meant private stockpiles of Automatic weapons causing harm
Politicians won’t face the NRA With big guns … they’re all in bed — While at our schools and arenas Machine guns leave our loved ones dead.
So now it’s up to each of us To be the voice of all we’ve lost — Get those who make the laws to listen And stop this madness at all cost.