Collective Collateral Damage: Charlottesville Virginia, August 2017

Collective Collateral Damage                                        

August 12, 2017

Did you die today in Charlottesville Virginia

even just a little?

Did you kill

just a little?

Did your voice ring out clear, full and righteous

across the miles that stretch between us?

Did mine?

What was your intimidation; weaponized words or a gun?

I drew you to me across state lines

fist to orbital socket, I heard the satisfying crunch

of collective moral injury,

this IS us

we shout into history,

an exponential number of voices shout back,

“the worst thing you can do is to lose hope.”

About Frances Wiedenhoeft

After a lifetime in nursing, anesthesia and the Army I now write, blog, attend school for journalism and massage, and watch my 3 grandchildren. I am a veteran of Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan and try to serve other vets such as myself, and to work for peace.
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