Names of Newtown

Names of Newtown


“Don’t mourn; organize.”

— Joe Hill


Charlotte Bacon, Daniel Barden, Olivia Engel and Josephine Gay –

Names that beat like raindrops on the city cold and gray –


Ana Marquez-Greene in pigtails, Dylan Hockley, Madeleine Hsu:

The bitter day you died, I promised: I am now your mother, too.


Catherine Hubbard, Chase Kowalski, Jesse Lewis, this I know:

Season after season says it. In the melting of the snow,


In the turning leaves of autumn, in the burning grains of sand,

In each morning shaft of sunlight – James Mattioli, take my hand –


I am with you, Grace McDonnell; Noah Pozner, here am I;

Jessica Rekos and Avielle Richman, cowgirls riding to the sky;


Emilie Parker and oh, Jack Pinto, at last we hear the morning bell

And we must turn our tears to action; there are many truths to tell.


Caroline Previdi, six years old:  By your sacred name I swear

Not to quit the job we face – a broken country to repair.


Benjamin Wheeler, Allison Wyatt, now the task in earnest starts:

May God guide us as we work to fix our nation, mend our hearts.


© Genie Abrams, 2013


Pretty Awesome Advisers

The Internet Hall of Fame has to have the coolest advisory board on the planet. The folks listed in the link at the end of this graf will be helping to choose the next group of inductees into the Hall. The ceremony’s in June, in Istanbul. Who would YOU choose? (And don’t say, the guy who comes to your house to hook you back up again, after your computer crashes!)