red white and blue

Content warning for fear of gun violence at a school

sirens stretch the air like an old jazz horn

lights the color of a fresh wound


snow around the school drive pounded

into ice by parents pacing out their prayers 

as once they cradled newborns refusing to fall asleep

feet stamping out the new national ritual

of waiting for news;

all I can offer is

Christ, have mercy

About Rosalind C Hughes

Rosalind C Hughes is a priest and author living near the shores of Lake Erie. After growing up in England and Wales, and living briefly in Singapore, she is now settled in Ohio. She serves an Episcopal church just outside Cleveland. Rosalind is the author of A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing , and Whom Shall I Fear? Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence, both from Upper Room Books. She loves the lake, misses the ocean, and is finally coming to terms with snow.
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