Monday, July 23, 2012


What kind of world do we live in, when people go out for dinner and a movie and end up losing their lives? 

A birthday celebration, and candles blown out far too soon...
Dad wanting to spend a special evening with his teens...
Men who had served their country faithfully only to be cut down in their prime...
A young man not yet out of school...
A loving mother...
A sassy, independent young woman...
A sweet, fun-loving little girl...
Heroes going to see Superheroes...
All out for an innocent night of fun.
A moment of confusion -- is that part of the film? --
Turning into a trap of terror.
An explosion...smoke...
Assault rifle cutting off the screams one by one.
Then we are left with unanswered questions.
How do you find meaning in a meaningless slaughter?
There is no answer here.
We watch people kill each other on the silver screen for entertainment,
Then we are horrified when it occurs in real life.
How has it happened that some people's souls have been massacred? What
Twisted thing
Grew inside them to fill their need?
And why?
The age old-question with no explanation...
Evil lives
While good people die.
Our only recourse is to live our own lives in ways that matter
Knowing that at any moment
It could happen again.
The curtain falls,
The lights go out,
And we are left in the darkness
To cry.


  1. There are no words when things like that happen… It's just too awful...

  2. My heart aches for them, and for our country...

  3. That was beautifully written. I myself didn't feel like I was equal to the task of finding words to capture the sadness and the horror of that event.

  4. I don't know that I ever feel "equal to the task" but things build inside and I just have to get them out...even if I say it wrong, I need to say it. But thanks for making me feel like I got it right.