Rage Re-done

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What am I to do?
How am I to feel?

A rapist sentenced lite
So as not to disrupt
His life overly much
While a young woman’s
Life will be forever changed,
Changed… changed.

A man with an assault rifle
Storms a nightclub and kills,
Kills… kills at will.
And lives are forever changed
and lives are lost,
Lost… lost!

Pray for the victims,
Their families and friends,
We are told…
I’m too angry to pray!

What am I to do?
How am I to feel?

I live in a society
That instructs me daily
to translate my fears
Into gun sales;
To choose violence
Against the weak
And support the privilege
of the powerful.

Is that the only story
That can be told,
The only narrative
That can bring healing
healing… healing?

What am I to do?
How am I to feel?

Perhaps it is time
To do something new
Time to counter violence
With an alternate narrative…
A narrative filled with
Deep-felt mourning.
Patient silent reflection,
And sacred space –
To give the Mystery
Time and space to work
Into and through all of us.

In my reflections, I affirm
With Lin-Manuel Miranda
“Remembrances that hope
and love last longer

And love is love is love is love
is love is love… is love is love

Cannot be killed or swept aside.”

Adding, with Beat poet
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
and I am awaiting
perpetually and forever
a renaissance of wonder.”

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