The Worst Word

A Poem about our anger at another school shooting

Kat Morris
Nov 15, 2019 · 2 min read
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From Parkland to Santa Clarita

Neither the beginning nor the end

I cannot begin to comprehend

What it must feel like to be American

I am talking to you

The man who glows like a beacon

Yet gives very little hope

The man who acts like a shoe

Trampling on folk who have begged for assistance

Yet dares to belittle, mock and scar any resistance

It is the fault of the man who acts powerless

Yet possesses the most power

It is the fault of the privileged man

Who dares to give thoughts and prayers

I ask you again,

what’s it like to be American?

Great – wrong

Proud – wrong

You think you are the shoe

When really you are the steaming pile beneath

When will it stop?

When will you learn?

Time and time and again

Parkland

Maryland

Santa Fe

Colorado

Alabama

Santa Clarita

Bang

Bang

Bang

Shot

Dead

These aren’t even the worst words

It is this:

Preventable

It was all preventable

Maybe I am selfish

But I cannot help but thank God

Because at least I am safe

Thank God he is not my leader

Thank God I am not an American

Thank God I don’t know

What I am talking about

Thank God I cannot imagine

Because when I start to

I am rendered speechless

I shake my head, I read the headlines

I hope now that he can feel

the world’s hatred and fury

I hope you feel how united we are

Despite your attempts to separate us

To cause animosity

As the hatred you spread backfires

It is so strong, our anger

You should be able to feel it now

As the worst word rings in your head

Preventable

This is a sad poem I write today. There is so much anger, misery and grief and I wish I could do more. I know I have a voice, and this is me trying to use it.

We cannot be silent on this. Silence isn’t an option. We must make sure the government hears and feels our anger.

It is strange to write so many words when I feel speechless, when I can’t even begin to imagine what must be going through the minds of people in Santa Clarita right now.

Thank you for reading my poem. If you’d like to stay up to date with my work then you can find me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: katmorrisbooks.

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Kat Morris

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Writer, bookworm, and co-editor of The Brave Writer and Family Matters. I write about trauma, mental health, and parenting. FB + Insta: @thedissociativewriter

The Dream Verse

A World of Content from The Dreamers.

Kat Morris

Written by

Writer, bookworm, and co-editor of The Brave Writer and Family Matters. I write about trauma, mental health, and parenting. FB + Insta: @thedissociativewriter

The Dream Verse

A World of Content from The Dreamers.

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