• advent journal: sandy hook

    by  • December 14, 2012 • advent journal, poetry • 7 Comments

    I tried prose tonight
    but all I could do was drop
    a gravel load of anger
    in the middle of the page
    this is no time for stones

    I tried to be relevant
    but all I could do was take
    my best shot in the ranting wars
    in hopes of getting hits
    this is not a competition

    I tried to be hopeful
    so all I could do was turn
    off the media assault and sit
    quietly with my helplessness
    under the sorrow and stars

    I wrote, instead, a poem
    an act of faith and futility
    a word-shield against real bullets
    a whisper in the whirlwind
    but Rachel is still weeping



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    7 Responses to advent journal: sandy hook

    1. December 15, 2012 at 12:37 am

      I can hear her weeping clear over here in CA, Milton. Thanks for this one tonight.

    2. December 15, 2012 at 1:08 am

      Senseless … when will we grow weary of answering with nothing?

    3. Rich
      December 15, 2012 at 2:05 am

      It has been a long day. I needed your words to put the day to rest. You were there for me. Thanks Milton.

    4. December 15, 2012 at 8:06 am

      here too, thank you, all i have is rage…

    5. Kristy
      December 15, 2012 at 8:16 am

      Sometimes Jim and I read aloud something to each other, usually when someone has put our thoughts into words in a way that reflects them more clearly than we ever could. This was one of those times. Thank you, Milton.

    6. December 15, 2012 at 10:32 am

      Thank you, Milton. This IS no time for stones. Sigh.

    7. Phil
      December 15, 2012 at 11:10 am


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