We the Grieving


By Linda Eve Diamond 

We the Grieving hold candlelight vigils,
voices and moments of silence spinning
through darkness—as gun deaths mount
and children practice active shooter drills

We the Tired Masses petition, speak,
write and sing to the choir, cry and shout
into videos, microphones, megaphones
mementos, stuffed bears and pillows

We the Calculated Risks march, run, vote,
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++write stories, columns, poems, songs, posts…
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++while victims are reported, stacked and sorted
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++in cold statistical fields of incalculable loss

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++We the Problem Solvers share stories
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++mapping incidents of variable Xs and whys
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++charting possible solutions in which X
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++might have come out alive

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++We the Target Audience endure daily barrages
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++of blood-red herrings and black-or-white fallacies
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++as we break down, over and over, the arguments
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++and essences of commonsense and freedom

We the People live and grieve for peace, Justice,
Liberty and Tranquility for ourselves and our Posterity.



(The title and italicized words are from the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution.)

About the Author

Linda Eve Diamond is a Florida-based poet whose work has appeared in Poets Reading the News, Your Daily Poem, Tuck Magazine, High Shelf Press, and others. Find her poetry collections and selected poems at http://lindaevediamond.com


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