In celebrating a holiday of love and giving
Let us remember the 17 people
Killed on this very February 14th last year
At Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
In Parkland, Florida.
A day where people should be free to love
In any way, shape or form.
At the hands of one individual’s bitter rage and gun
These souls shed blood and tears and
Experienced unimaginable pain and trauma.
Let us also remember the many people and
Especially young people
Preteens, teens, toddlers, adults
Killed by gun violence.
Let us remember the passion
That these Parkland students
And so many more
Continue to burn with for social reform
For stricter laws
For more frank discussion about this issue.
Even after the trauma continues to bring
Back horrific memories of rivers of blood
And screams and pops of bullets.
Let us remember.