When Grandma died
and my child self
watched the casket close
I wanted the world to stop.

Now Depp, Herd, Queen E Jubilee
lunge like lightening
through Uvalde Texas
survivor desoltation.

Black crows of the spirit
cry out to warn of more
and beg to pause now
for resolution.

Stop the world
we don’t want to get off.
What we want
is change.

-Sue Neufarth Howard