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14 June 2016

After the Kill

Tears spill
from the eyes 
of the kind,
even those
not personally 
All over
the world
they spill
for all
that is over –
life –
by the blind

cry – 
no tears 
to spill.
I freeze,

Prompted by Quadrille 11: spill at dVerse.
Responding to the shootings in Orlando.


  1. Me, too, Rosemary. Me, too.

  2. This is so true and so sad. I agree with you. I hate guns too.

  3. I hate guns and violence too!

  4. Why oh why can't we get rid of guns??? The NRA is a good reason, they are powerful enough to keep the laws as they are and it makes me so angry. The man who killed these people were on a list, and what good did that do??? I freeze with you Rosemary!

  5. Excellent poem. What would be better would be if we could change the hearts of humans who because of the change, would not think to use the guns. The man was not on a list, he had been checked out a couple of times and there was no outward threat. Personally, I think he should have been monitored more closely ... very sad poem, sad event. My heart breaks and my tears flow and I wept with several friends over the past few days. Excellent poem Rosemary. Thank you.

    1. Yes. It seems to be a huge problem, in many countries. A terrible problem. Where does it start? How does it start? How can we prevent it? Is it upbringing? Is it societal factors? I think there will always be some who slip through the net, but would like to think there must be ways we could make that less likely.

  6. I agree with Toni--it is hearts that need changing. Why is there so much hatred in the world today? Nicely penned.

  7. Yes. In all of the talking going on on tv news, the bottom line we should be figuring out by now, is that AK 47's - weapons of war - should not be available to the general population. That would be a good start. Sigh.

  8. I have no tears either. it goes too deep, for me at least.

  9. As someone, who has experienced this type of hatred (minus the gun), in person, the tears won't stop, for me, Rosemary. I wish, they would, for me. Along with the tears, am filled with guilt, for having surviving my encounters, where these innocent victims, didn't.

    1. Survivor guilt – all too human, but not rational. Wish I was close enough to give you a cuddle while you cry. Keep writing, Therisa. That is your rationale for having survived. You are a voice, an educator. These innocent victims did not deserve their terrible fate – and neither do you. I am glad that you are still here. I think you have value just for being the person you are, regardless of the writing ... but then, without the writing, I would not know that, nor know you. Your courage and truth are astounding. Meanwhile, cry all you need, and may the tears be some release.

  10. Wow that last stanza. Great job.

  11. It's difficult to find words strong enough these days. You have achieved it.