House of the Tomato

If a woman wants to be a poet, she must dwell in the house of the tomato. -- Erica Jong

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Deaf Nation

Epigram: in 2018 from January 1st – 25th  there were 11 school shootings in the United States. In 2013, there were 300 school shootings in our country.

 Deaf Nation

Gunshots echo in schools,
common as the pledge of allegiance.

Gunshots ring like school bells,
marking time; for too many, marking the end of time.

 Gunshots are breaking news
and breaking us.

Gunshots in schools average one per week.
Our Legislators have gone deaf.

They do not hear the cries
where anyone can pack heat, even the mentally ill.

Gunshots are breaking news
and breaking us.

Gunshots ring like school bells
marking time; for too many, marking the end of time.

Gunshots echo in schools,
common as the pledge of allegiance.

Our Legislators have gone deaf, cannot hear the cries,
where anyone can pack heat, even the mentally ill.

 

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