Out of the hor­ror, a poem

The Signal - - OPINION - Copy­right 2017 Bar­bara Glasser. Glasser is a Valencia res­i­dent.

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.

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