Mental Illness in America

           Reynolds High School Shooting, May 2014

After my eyes welled wet,
after my Facebook post about
violence, teachers, fear,

after watching a reporter
interview a kid in shock
wondering where his
sister was,

after hearing the gym teacher
was fine, the bullet only grazed his hip,

after the horror of it,

I caught myself looking at my toes
noticed I needed a pedicure
thought Popsicle Pink
would match my new blouse.

 

First published in CIRQUE, A Literary Journal for the North Pacific Rim, Volume. 6, No. 1, Winter Solstice 2014

 

 

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