How could you leave us now, this wretched week of
hate and ignorance rise in the south
confusion and disbelief
How could you leave us behind in this world?
I cried out in denial when I heard the news
the smoke and embers overthrew me
Did you know I loved you?
Touching the edge of sin renewed me
Not this week.
It cannot be true,
to lose this soulful starlight?
'we don't want it darker.'..I call out in vain
you killed the flame--
or did you leave a crack in the universe, for the light to seep in
eery quiet blankets my world
I don't want it darker,
let's light another flame.
c. norma hoeppner