0410EEE2-E00B-4EFB-B24D-3F63F2232D27

Advertisements

The “Other” Valentines Day

BC00C2D8-F19D-4E27-8ED8-D869E429320D.jpeg
Photograph by Kim Stapf

There is another Valentine’s

Day lost in Vermont

Teddy Bears and heart

Shaped boxes –

A year ago

We saw it take

Away the lives of

Fourteen students,

Three adults –

Gunned down like countless others

We don’t mention

Because they were too black

Or too poor for sympathy –

Today we see a generation

Kept in cages, stolen

By a forced adoption

while we enjoy white privilege

with dead flowers.

__

Ben Ditmars (C) 2019

17 Letters for Stoneman Douglas

After the horrific events at Stoneman Douglas I began a letter writing campaign. Each day for seventeen days I would write my congressmen about a victim from the school demanding preventative action. I tried to write each day, imagining the pain of losing students or family members. Instead, I learned something personal about Miguel, Joaquin, Cara, Carmen, Aaron, Alaina, Nicholas, Alyssa, Alex, Gina, Jaime, Scott, Peter, Chris, Luke, Meadow and Helena. Whether it was Meadow’s ambition to attend Lynn University in the fall or Helena saving her friend’s life by telling her to get a book and protect herself, these fourteen students and three teachers will always be remembered. We owe it to them and their sacrifice to not forget.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: