lives were not just taken
a sacred space invaded,

familiar threat in wide open
absolutely nothing to abate it,

innocence was stolen
what was once safe is now broken,

windows, doors, bodies, souls, community…
broken.

a decade no more
but thoughts and prayers for sure,

how do we forgive
anything inside left to live?

right, a space still sacred
less bullets, more education,

so many tools to hurt and teach
use your voice this I beseech

19 under my wing
I vow protection, let that ring

all of us broken and much left to discern
tomorrow is a new day, another chance to learn.

RIP

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