Some actions simply defy sense or sanity. The massacre in Aurora,
Colorado, on July 20, 2012, was one of them. This post is shared in tribute to
the victims and their surviving loved ones.
Angel of Healing: for the Living, the Dying, and the Praying
As you bury flesh––
honor spirit, savor hope,
as a world-weary stranger
asleep in your heart.
Quote words that affirm
all men and women are your
brothers and sisters.
Pull the child away
from feeding at the mule’s tail.
Give the baby food.
Compassion crowns the soul with its truest victory.
Hearts rebuilt from hope resurrect dreams killed by hate.
Souls reconstructed with faith transform agony into peace.
Wisdom applied internally corrects ignorance lived externally.
Dare to love yourself
as if you were a rainbow
with gold at both ends.
Write a soft poem
to one you called bitch, shit head,
nigger, fag, white trash.
Live certain days dressed
in your lover’s smiling soul
while she, he, wears yours.
Imagine your mind
wings intent on expanding
and watch your joy fly.
from The River of Winged Dreams
Contemporary award-winning author of classically-styled works in history, poetry, creative nonfiction, speculative fiction, and journalism.