Sandy Hook Silence

R Martin Basden's most recent poem to appear here was Mark the Date (August 2012).

Sandy Hook Silence
By R Martin Basden

A photograph of
breathless complaint
thrown heavenward
from gaped mouth conveys
without translation
the rhetoric of pain

That image
seen from our harm-free perch
commands our empathetic chorus
cry out
cry out
wail in their stead


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