Thoughts and Prayers

A Villanelle with Imagery

Violet DeTorres
Aug 5, 2019 · 2 min read
ohio

Alas, there has been another shooting, oh such a waste

You’re in our thoughts and prayers” ; the standard nursery rhyme

Our response, a dulling of the senses, just another copy and paste


el paso

White nationalists scream, “We will not be replaced!”

A story they tell their children, like myths and fables conjuring fear at bedtime

Alas, there has been another shooting, oh such a waste


vegas

The aftermath is common, pain and suffering, a sorrowful aftertaste

We hope that the last shooting will be the “last” time

Our response, a dulling of the senses, just another copy and paste


candlelight vigil el paso

Standing together in the darkness, intentions well placed

Hateful and racist ideologies, seeping into an absurd paradigm

Alas, there has been another shooting, oh such a waste


el paso

Safety and calmness, excitement in school supply shopping, has now been erased

Picking out crayons, backpacks, and paper, a yearly pastime

Our response, a dulling of the senses, just another copy and paste


praying for victims in el paso/dayton

“Its not about the guns”, says the NRA, “mental illness is the case”

How many lives will be cut down in their prime?

Alas, there has been another shooting, oh such a waste

Our response, a dulling of the senses, just another copy and paste

Resistance Poetry

Verse as Commentary

Violet DeTorres

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The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House // " When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time" --Maya Angelou

Resistance Poetry

Verse as Commentary

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