What We Really Need, Now More Than Ever

I hear you down in Florida today

So many cries coming from everywhere

It’s just not fair, I can live to see the night

And others more worthy

Struck by a bullet,

Taken from this incredible life

And I cannot look away

Even though I should

Because I am ashamed

At the bullets that rain

At the bullet point pain

Etched in their faces, rivulets in their eyes

They were just children, stolen from their time

Not forgotten in these lines

But to their parents and loved ones

It’s a void they’ll never fill, and it shouldn’t

Lives shredded and ruined

17 times we’ve gotten the chance to do better

and for the 18th, we blew it

Just like those children who looked at their killer

Their killer is not Nikolas Cruz

Their killer is you

Arguing over Trump and race

While killers take aim and fire at our children

In a supposed place of learning

Their eyes are burning from the flame

Watching friends, teachers die

The bullets fly, the breath flies

Out of lungs and nostrils

Into the ground below

Joy Behar may not know

That there’s something beyond us all

That can save us from the fall

And it’s okay to communicate with him

But I do

And I chose to because I am human

I don’t know everything, I can’t solve anything

Without the touch of the creator’s hand

And that brings me joy

Knowing we’re not alone

When death’s closing in, when we’re falling in

A vicious cycle comatose humanity

Chooses to exist in

There’s hope for better

Their eyes are wetter, the police has fervor

But this nation really needs a prayer

Maybe two

So I will look away

And look to the one who can right the wrong

The right way

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