Whenever there’s a mass shooting in the United States, I always want to write something about it. To give words to the emotions choking my throat. I never know what to say. I never know if it’s appropriate, or if my words are even necessary. So I stay silent.
Today, I want to give myself permission to write something about the Orlando tragedy and I want to extend that permission to you poets as well. One of the beauty of the written word is that we have the power to do with it what we will. We can comment on the beautiful as well as the ugly. I feel like today is the time to comment on the ugly.
There’s no specifics that you have to meet. Your politics do not have to meet mine. There are no expectations here. Just write.
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I was thinking the same thing and wrote a poem this morning.
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Here’s my entry: https://wordpress.com/stats/insights/peterbouchier.wordpress.com
Skip the Dutch, there’s English, too.
Originally, I wrote it after the MH17 disaster in 2014 which took so many Dutch lives. However, my words have since become sort of a mantra for me when I try to deal with this world of ours so it seems appropriate to post it here as well. If anyone thinks differently, they are free to do so.
Sorry, wrong link. Here’s the right one: https://peterbouchier.wordpress.com/2014/07/26/zwijgen-is-fout-silence-is-wrong/
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ok, you convinced me: https://kstanlyksays.wordpress.com/2016/06/14/some-goodness-got-away/. hope the link works.
Thank you for providing this opportunity to put this tragedy into words:
Wrote it yesterday– Be the Light-
It is nice there will be a poetry tribute for this horrible tragedy. I think writing is a useful tool in coping with these events as some people feel a little better once their words come alive. Not only does it help the writer, but also the reader to know someone feels the same.
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because even after the tragedy, the tragedy of ignorance persists