poet, teacher, and dad from the Midwest



Publication: Rise Up Review [link]

"As a public school Educator and father of public-school attending kids, this is my attempt to dramatize a response to school shootings, active shooter drills, and the American gun fetish. In these thoughts and prayers, I ask God not to literally kill anyone currently living, but to place those who stand in the way of sensible laws and actions that could be put in place to help curtail school shootings in the places of the people who perish, or live through and then live with, such a horrifying experience. It's sad to think some people may not be able to empathize with the victims short of being put in their place temporarily by the Holy Spirit, but it may be what it takes to open the eyes of the folks who think, ridiculously, that the solution to guns in schools is even more guns in schools."