August 3, 2016
LGBTQ Poets Respond to the Pulse Nightclub Shooting
A Queer Elder Recites 50 Names to Nasturtium
Making sense of the Orlando massacre,
impossible. Sometimes grief has to be
taken outside. So I go into the garden;
recite 50 names to nasturtium. As much
as it sickens me, I don't leave the killer
out of the naming. Why nasturtium?
Who better to witness than these colorful
optimists, brimming with youthful exuberance,
flourishing in community. No soft lesson here.
At best, a harsh takeaway. Take away the guns.
Kit Kennedy has published 3 volumes of poetry. She lives in San Francisco and serves as Poet in Residence of SF Bay Times.
Glass: A Journal of Poetry is published weekly by Glass Poetry Press.
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