June 28, 2018: A poem

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Annapolis, Maryland, abode of the Capital Gazette.
Millions of restless voices chanting, “For your loss, I am sorry.”
A monotonous cycle: Report, dispute, and forget.
This tribulation, a harrowing, wretched allegory.

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution,
“Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press,”
juxtaposed to and accosted by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution,
“ … the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Rob Hiaasen, assistant editor and columnist,
SHOOT AND RELOAD.
Wendi Winters, community correspondent heading special publications,
SHOOT AND RELOAD.
Gerald Fischman, editorial page editor,
SHOOT AND RELOAD.
John McNamara, staff writer covering high school, college and professional sports,
SHOOT AND RELOAD.
Rebecca Smith, sales assistant,
SHOOT AND RELOAD.
“Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press,”
SHOOT AND IGNORE.

And just like that …
five voices muffled, silenced …
by a SHOTGUN.
Or perhaps …
by the title of “a stain on America,” a dishonest delineation.

I am acquainted with the headlines.
Correction. I write the headlines, just like them.
Am I afraid?
Yes.
They too were viewed as “America’s adversary.”
Now, they are lost
But, I don’t want to forget.
Am I afraid?
No.

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