“Be Aware!”

I know why she glares,

But I do not dare,

Challenge that penetrating gaze,

Her crisp dress of white,

Contrasts sharply in the light,

With the blood from her lips,

And from her fingertips,

She admonishes, “Be aware,”

From the past she stares,

Remembering the students running,

And the gunman’s cunning,

Herding the hostages up the stairs,

Having caught them unawares,

Fingers clutched, she is still tense,

None of the shots made much sense,

So she sits with angry glare,

Remembering all that happened there,

A portrait changed by the artist’s flair.

2 thoughts on ““Be Aware!”

  1. A terrible tragedy Dan, (Googled to find info on The Lindhurst Shooting) and to think that ‘one’ person could be the cause of so much suffering and pain and death. Your poem tells a side to the tale, and tells it well.

    1. One shooter, but other nuts were influenced. Over 50 bomb threats were recorded over the next two months. One of the people killed was a young man who stepped in front of a girl to save her life. That’s a story in itself.

      May the sun be on your face and the wind at your back as the Lord blesses you throughout the day. Carpe diem!

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