we can’t keep praying if we’re going to keep lying

a loner
they say

couldn’t have
imagined

very quiet
they are

always
quiet

mental
illness

not
diagnosed

until
experts
comment

on the news
a loner

needed
help

isn’t it
something

how so
many can

stare into
the face of

tragedy
and lie?

candellight

it’s stunning how one moment you’re falling to your knees as the radio or television informs you there has been a mass shooting. i don’t know how many prayer vigils we’ve had at this point. how many times we’ve said this is too much. how many times we’ve packaged cards and well wishes and facebook profiles sending condolences to families and communities and cities. there have been so many hbo specials. there have been dozens and dozens and dozens of expert commentaries on the evening news. google it and you will be accosted with images of non smiling loner faces now famous for horrific acts. and promises that this time is the last time…

4 Comments Add yours

  1. spot on–not diagnosed until experts comment on the news

    1. There are always so many opinions post tragedy. But not many in the midst of crisis.

  2. heyannis says:

    Thoughtful and somber on just such a subject. I love how you formatted it, which seemed to draw it out and make it all the more somber. Thank you. xoA

    1. Working on voice. It’s interesting how the way to space words create a different tone. Thank you for reading.

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