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April 16th

May 5, 2021
By Lydiaq ELITE, Somonauk, Illinois
Lydiaq ELITE, Somonauk, Illinois
148 articles 41 photos 1014 comments

Favorite Quote:
The universe must be a teenage girl. So much darkness, so many stars.
--me


Today is a day of blackness and death and thoughts and whiskey and prayers.

Today is a day for the American flag to struggle up to the top of the flagpole, only to slink back to its half-hung perch in shame, like a sickened eagle.

Today is a day to beat the ground. Today is a day to try and flee and get to outer space somehow.

How dare people grin and giggle, grin and giggle in pink and shake their heads at bad news like they have floss stuck in their teeth?

Today is a day of disgust and silent crying and confusion. We are boiled down to a seed of despair.

How dare you newscasters say Good Morning America in your mascara and heels? How dare you tell us this is a good morning? How dare the weather report say the sun is shining with a few clouds?

With every shooting that happens, we care a little less and our eyes have seen a million survivors’ eyes parading across the TV screen and the newscasters’ tearless eyes wondering swimsuit season will look like this year.

We are swallows with sorrow in our beaks. Why do we hide our faces, huddle in our smiles?

Stop your words that saccharine tablets in the goblet of sadness we have to drink. People should stop talking and cry sometimes.

Today is a throbbing blue drum of a day, and we’re too exhausted to call our doctor and ask why our eyes are telling what we see when we look too hard.


The author's comments:

This is meant as a lament for all the horrific shootings we have seen in 2021, especially in Boulder, CO. 


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on May. 29 2021 at 6:33 pm
SparrowSun ELITE, X, Vermont
200 articles 23 photos 1053 comments

Favorite Quote:
"It Will Be Good." (complicated semi-spiritual emotional story.)

"Upon his bench the pieces lay
As if an artwork on display
Of gears and hands
And wire-thin bands
That glisten in dim candle play." -Janice T., Clockwork[love that poem, dont know why, im not steampunk]

it was terrifing. i cant remember it clearly.

Lydiaq ELITE said...
on May. 29 2021 at 8:29 am
Lydiaq ELITE, Somonauk, Illinois
148 articles 41 photos 1014 comments

Favorite Quote:
The universe must be a teenage girl. So much darkness, so many stars.
--me

Thank God no one was hurt

on May. 28 2021 at 9:59 pm
SparrowSun ELITE, X, Vermont
200 articles 23 photos 1053 comments

Favorite Quote:
"It Will Be Good." (complicated semi-spiritual emotional story.)

"Upon his bench the pieces lay
As if an artwork on display
Of gears and hands
And wire-thin bands
That glisten in dim candle play." -Janice T., Clockwork[love that poem, dont know why, im not steampunk]

read lockdown by traci hunter abramson. its about a navy seal and a school shooting survivor.
a couple months ago there was a shooter in the town of my school. there was a lockdown, fortunately the shooter didn't come to school, I don't think anyone was killed either.