MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS HIGH
Circles of life shattered, emptying hearts
at Stoneman Douglas High, February 14, 2018.
A powerful, pointless eclipse blocked all light
by a semiautomatic AR-15 riffle.
40 bullets spewed upholding our U.S. second amendment,
leaving all vulnerable in a surreal reality.
Hugs and prayers for all,
but prayers are not enough,
©2017 Michelle Kogan
With a heavy heart I’m offering this poem for Poetry Friday. I began it from a prompt that was on Laura Shovan’s 6th Annual February Daily Poem Project. We are composing ekphrastic poems this month, though I only used the image as a point of departure, for my heart was consumed by this horrible action.
I learned today about the Avielle Foundation, It was started by Jeremy Richman and Jennifer Hensel, Avielle’s parents who are both scientists, and who lost their six year old daughter Avielle during the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. They are working to “prevent violence and build compassion” through “neuroscience research aimed at understanding the brain’s chemistry, structure, and circuits that lead to violence and compassion.” In addition to research they also offer educational ways for all of us to get involved. I plan on spending time at this site and learning more about what they are doing and how I can help out.
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