Written for:  Poets United Midweek Motif~Vigilance
“Create a new poem that addresses the monitoring and vigilance you see as necessary or obtrusive.”


Perhaps if guns
were not easy
to buy, and assault
rifles were banned,
we could stop weeping
as we watch each
new vigil with its
prayers, flowers,
speeches, and tears–
again and again and again.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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13 Responses to Vigils

  1. kanzensakura says:

    Perhaps. So vsry sad.


  2. susanstoo says:

    “. . . and again . . .” yes, you nailed it.


  3. jaerose37 says:

    If only..i can feel the sense of remaining vigilant to such fear


  4. It seems so obvious….I really don’t understand it. Why?


  5. Myrna says:

    Thank you for writing about such a serious issue which repeats so often. I live in the city closest to El Paso. I’ve always been aware and against war weapons. But having a mass shooting so close to home made me even more alert to its epidemic proportion.


  6. Sherry Marr says:

    I so agree. We seem to be a species of incredible inertia.


  7. oldegg says:

    It took a mass shooting incident in the state of Tasmania in Australia for the federal government here to make a such a decision several years ago, Shooting incidents ceased immediately and incidents here are now quite few.


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