To the ones before the blade

So I wrote this poem a few weeks ago, right after the Orlando shooting. I tried to get it published, but that didn’t happen. Hearing about Dallas today reminded me of it and reminded me of the sentiment this poem expresses. No one deserves to die. We are all equal in this. We are made for eternity. And any violent death is a senseless sad-soaked tragedy.  

To the ones before the blade:

When they described the shooting
in Orlando,
they said that you were
“mowed down.”

No person
should ever be the object
of such a phrase.
“Mowed down,”
a phrase we only use
in lawn care
and mass shootings.

Like blades of grass
before the spinning blade,
you were mowed down

You
Were
Mowed
Down

No person should ever be the object of such a phrase.

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