I know. But I do not approve. And I am not resigned. –Edna St. Vincent Millay I was struck by the recent* school shooting to create an archive of occasional poems because the occasion of unfathomable collective grief is as predictable an event these days as any national holiday. I wanted to write poetry about … More Grief and Poetry: I know. But I do not approve. And I am not resigned.
Four Days After the Shooting By Mary Anne Mohanraj I dropped off my son at preschool yesterday, drove by a school playground, the children lining up in messy rows. I started to cry, again. Wiped my tears and went on to shop for holiday gifts, spending more, perhaps, on our children than I’d planned. They … More Mary Anne Mohanraj poem: Four Days After the Shooting
When the police arrived to rescue Mrs. Roig’s first grade class from the bathroom where their teacher had barricaded them, Roig stoically refused them entry; demanding that badges be pushed under the door and then said “If the danger has really passed and you are who you say you are then get the keys from the janitor and unlock the door yourself.” … More Sandy Hook Stories: Heroic teacher Kaitlin Roig saved her class
Neighbor took 6 young survivors into his home By PAT EATON-ROBB, AP NEWTOWN, Conn. — Gene Rosen had just finished feeding his cats and was heading from his home near Sandy Hook Elementary school to a diner Friday morning when he saw six small children sitting in a neat semicircle at the end of his driveway. … More Sandy Hook stories: Neighbor took 6 young survivors into his home
this is photo of the first grade teacher who saved the lives of her class and sacrificed her own note to self: work on poems Misdirection and Victoria’s class
In light of recent events, this page will be static and will connect to poetry, online altars, useful and/or healing connections or dialogues. Recent events: The tragic shootings at the Mall in Clackamas, Oregon (2 shoppers dead and some injured) and at Sandy Hook Elementary School (20 students and 6 faculty). Not included in those … More Poems of Healing