It’s here, around us, within us, consuming us,
a tsunami of needless, preventable tragedy.
We offer thoughts and prayers, ritualized comforts,
to those who grieve, to the children who experience
terror in the classroom, to the shoppers, commuters,
celebrants, who fall to the gun. We deplore wanton
acts but withhold action, heed the drone of social
media and breaking news, let the outrage slip
from our communal conscience —
until the next assault weapon thunders.