Who and When, August 2019

L.T. Patridge
Flag at the post office at 1st Ave & 5th St in Grand Rapids, MN, half-staff in honor of the victims of the Las Vegas shooting. Photo by Tony Webster, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0. Cropped from original.

A matter of who and a matter of when:

The firecracker snap in a nothingness day.

This has happened before and will happen again.

The first one to hear the shots, shouting, and din,

The first one to scream and the first one to pray:

A matter of who and a matter of when.

A child’s ankle turns in the rush and the wind;

A grandmother stumbles behind a display:

This has happened before and will happen again.

Hours pressed to the floor in a piled makeshift den;

Flesh aches, snaps, and gurgles, and will not obey:

A matter of who and a matter of when.

Invaders. Hispanics. Sharia. Free Men.

White Genocide. Trump. Send Her Back. USA.

This has happened before and will happen again.

The President, gifted this slaughter, will say

What he will; we will scrub at the blood of our sin.

A matter of who and a matter of when:

This has happened before and will happen again.

L.T. Patridge

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Writer, mouthless and mumbling. Author of weird fiction. Person of dogs. The Southern old-maid aunt you never wanted.

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