With this work, Kempsville poet Debbie Collett pauses to reflect on the ongoing agony brought on by continued mass shootings in America. She suggests that love is the best antidote to hate and that we should try to learn from the past.
A politician’s smiling,
While a boy goes off to war;
And everyone is asking
What it is we’re fighting for.
A farmer looks out on his field -
A storm caused major floods;
The sky is bright, the birds still sing,
He’s doing what he loves.
A festival is underway -
With music, smiles and fun.
They do not see the hand that
Starts to raise a loaded gun.
We cannot keep the storm away.
But if we build on lessons learned,
And make the best of each new day
We’ll somehow find the dreams we’ve earned.
Some days can seem to test your faith.
There is no wrong or right.
I still believe it’s never wrong to
Let love be the light.
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The sun sets colorfully, over the city of Suffolk.
Photo by Victoria Franklin.