Sunday, June 19, 2016


                      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.