even on gray days after massacres
joy is burning through the cracks
where clouds have tumbled and fallen
heaped upon one another mindlessly
seventeen families are grief stricken
fourteen wounded are lying in hospitals
their young lives switched suddenly
to an unexpected trajectory of doubt
as they slowly realize
the extent of the damage
the nature of what has truly
been ripped from their flesh
in a long series spanning decades
headlines this time targeting them
17 students and staff shot dead,
14 wounded, Parkland, FL, Feb 14, 2018
and yes they are bright well spoken
the marching survivors of this tragedy
but acting is last on their list now
it’s getting as real as it gets and some
yes there are some in the land of the brave
whose greedy palms begin to sweat
when the populace wakes up and rallies
when an unwavering insistence quietly arrives

©John Greenleaf-Maple – text and art 20180227

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