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