A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature
“It’s been happening everywhere. I’ve always felt it would eventually happen here.”
–Santa Fe High School student Paige Curry
Good parents, you send your children to school
where as you now know there’s a fair chance
a boy or a young man–maybe a classmate–
will kill them using freely available
weapons. Stupid is the word for a nation
that enables this atrocity five times
a month. What we know that evidently
you don’t is that your elected officials
make money from these shootings because we
pay them to let gun commerce flourish.
Ignorance makes America great–so cut
school budgets, attack teachers, disrespect
science and journalism. And send your children
to school–where it’s so easy to gun them down.
Copyright 2019 David Huddle
David Huddle’s ninth poetry collection, My Surly Heart, is available from LSU Press.