As many of you already know, I had the amazing opportunity to participate in the 2016 Georgetown Summer Creative Writing Institute, which I can honestly say has been one of the best and most life-changing experiences of my life (more on this later). I, along with my classmates, had the opportunity to present at Open Mike Night at the wonderful Busboys and Poets slam poetry theater. I decided to make my poem about the horrific mass shooting that happened on June 12. Here is the written version.
I will always remember where I was
On the morning of June 12, 2016
It was a hot and humid day
I was sitting in a Vietnamese
Restaurant having lunch
When all of a sudden I saw on the flat screen TV:
“50 dead and 53 injured in the worst mass
shooting in American history.”
I pull up Facebook and I see #PrayforOrlando, #PrayforPulse
Terrorist attack on the LGBT community
This was a hate crime.
I will always remember where I was on
The morning of June 12, 2016.
I will always remember that America has chosen
To think gun control is not an issue
I will always remember that the supreme
Court decision last June did not resolve the hate
That seeps into our very culture today
And I may be straight but that does not change the fact
How I feel about this.
I am scared.
I am reminded that choosing to blame this attack on Islam
Shows that this act of hate
Has created more hate.
I am reminded of how easy it is to
Get a gun, yet so hard to love who you love
I am reminded of how every single one of those victims had their lives stolen.
I am afraid.
My loved ones are a part of this community.
People who make the world as rich and colorful as it is
What if I wake up and find out on the news
“50 people dead and one of them loves you”
What if it’s me?
What if I’m next?
What’s it going to take?
What’s it going to take for the world to realize
That 2 men kissing is not a sin?
How many people will be killed before
Guns are not given away like hotcakes?
50 dead, 53 injured
One of them could be you.