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For the Students (and All) Who March Against Gun Violence

A deadly silence has been living too long in the corridors of power.
1956

We felt they were beautiful then, the toy guns.

We used to reserve each other’s wounds for
later. To delay firing, until we determined how
much  it  would  hurt,  until we  pretended  so
much it  really hurt. What was beautiful then?
The  weight  of restraint  heavier than barrels
and  trigger fingers  through skinny kid alleys.
We  never  shot  anyone who didn’t reserve it.
None   of  us   did. We   felt   first,  then   fired.

It  is  how we learned to feel another’s wound.

2018

A  deadly  silence  has  been  living  too  long

in  the  corridors  of  power.  Now  we  are old
and weeping at the eloquence of teen students
speaking and marching against gun violence in
our   nation,  their  voices  full   of  our  country
when  it  held  and  now  holds  hope  again  in
them.  It  is  our  hope  and  vote  that  those
elected  listen  into the rapid fire that killed and
still kills  kids  and many  in  crowds,  churches,
synagogues and mosques, streets of our cities,
schools,  and  our  intimate  rooms,  and  pass
thriving  legislation  for  the  good  of all homes.

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