Nicole Harding penned a poem to convey her feelings about the mass shooting in Oregon that left nine people dead.
Christopher Sean Harper-Mercer, the alleged gunman who killed nine people and injured nine others in a mass shooting at an Oregon community college on Thursday, committed suicide as police approached him, according to multiple reports.
They dropped the flag to half-staff just for you
Wasn’t that nice of them to do?
I mean the president knows your name….But it’s been so many–it feels the same.
Back from the grocery, CNN said your name once more
I made my dinner and swept the floor.
Sheriff said he won’t say shooters name, “Try me, go ahead!”
Back from commercial, focused on sheriff’s crazy views instead
He’s said, “gun laws…we won’t enforce those…not even trying. And those parents from Sandyhook, they might be lying.”
I stopped to look at him trying to be steady, appear hard
Easy views to have when it wasn’t in your backyard
Talking head, vs talking head…all adding to my hurting head
And yet…the fact is 9 more dead.
As the news goes on my counters are wiped along with my tears,
The death toll rises along with my fears.
Food put away and kitchen cleaned. Again, they mention you…
Then I hear, “guns don’t kill people! People do.”
With a heavy heart I turn TV off and head upstairs
Nine strangers’ families filling my prayers
Drifting off with a list in my head of things to do for tomorrow
top of my list: try to make peace with this sorrow.
Upstairs TV on, eyes closed, shifting my covers….
Last thing I hear?
Your name…and eight others.
Nicole Harding is an expert in leadership development, a wife and mother, who is focused on spreading positivity, one conversation, one home project, and one dynamite deal at a time. Follow her on Twitter @RealTalkNic.
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