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Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Smiling Face Photos Tanka

rows of white crosses
with smiling photos
voices chanting 
do something, do something
follow the President

FYI: AP News, May 29: Uvalde tells Biden to ‘do something’; he pledges ‘we will’

As Biden departed church to meet privately with family members, a crowd of about 100 people began chanting “do something.” Biden answered, “We will,” as he got into his car. It was his only public comment during roughly seven hours in Uvalde.

“It’s more than mourning,” Mckinzie Hinojosa said. “We want change. We want action. It continues to be something that happens over and over and over. A mass shooting happens. It’s on the news. People cry. Then it’s gone. Nobody cares. And then it happens again. And again.”


memorial day news 14 more mass shootings sizzling summer ahead

FYI: New York Post, May 31: 14 mass shootings tallied in US over Memorial Day weekend, data shows


whiskey breath
and shards of glass on the floor --
pop, pop, pop ...
a boy killing his father
in his broken heart