How warped a human being can be,
Compelled to live a wicked fantasy,
We’ve seen of late in our sad neighbor city,
Orlando, object of the nation’s pity,
The site of wanton carnage at a club
For gays and lesbians, a joyful hub
For music and for dancing through the night
Now ravaged by the darkness of this blight.
This tragedy headlined the nation’s news
Changing, perhaps, some homophobic views
By seeing where such prejudices lead:
To madness sparking an atrocious deed.
There’s nothing in this story to uplift
Unless it prompts a fundamental shift.