This is not why we are born

This is not why we are born,

So that our deaths
and the men that make then
can become the next step
in the social medialization of outrage,
the emoji tears for a murder
scattered in bytes and not sliding across skin

Though what else can I offer

if I think
if I pray.

She said the victims, running away,
looked less real than video game characters
fleeing bullets,

but there it is

People died.
The blood in the video was not splattered, graphic ink or false colors.

People died.

Stop and think for a minute
between the coffee memes and cat videos

This is not why their mothers birthed them.
Named them.
Taught them to read, think, trust, love, pray,
Simply to become footnotes
to someone else’s message.

This is not why we are born.


About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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8 Responses to This is not why we are born

  1. Leo says:

    Hey Susan,
    I have few words these days; I think Sandy Hook about did me in. Thanks for speaking. Leo

  2. Brian Carlin says:

    I’ve felt shut up for too long…
    It’s good to here a real voice again

  3. Trent Lewin says:

    Can’t add anything to your words. Thanks for speaking them, Susan.

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