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.