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In Memory of the Newtown Shooting Victims.In Memory of the Newtown Shooting Victims.
Yesterday, a scratchy voice mumbled names
I thought had been erased.
Dawn Hochsprung. Chase Kowalski.
Five years ago, when the inferno
of rage and blood cooled and ebbed away,
so too did those names.
Charlotte Bacon. Olivia Engel.
When the blinds and the windows were opened,
the chirps of the Warblers stole into my world,
singing away those names.
Madeline Hsu. Catherine Hubbard.
At last, chain links no longer cut at my
wrists and ankles. I walked barefoot through
the fields of corn and breathed again.
Josephine Gay. Dylan Hockley.
I could bathe and the warm bath water dissolved
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