How Many Angels?

By RL

Dear America
How many angels
gunned down
in schools
out shopping
dancing
dating
sleeping
living
loving
before heaven fills up?

How many hopes
choked to death
by murderous protectors
shot to death
by law enforcers
robbed of
all the unknowns the
what could have been’s
the future
before all that’s left
is to give up?

How many flowers
strewn on sidewalks
hollow promises
podium bombast
lonely dinners
empty arms
child sized coffins
before we wake up?

How many Angels
would it take
crying in
your
house
before you Stand Up!!!!

How

Many

Angels?

4 Comments

  1. Alyssa on July 4, 2022 at 12:01 PM

    Wow, the concept of heaven getting filled is so powerful. I’ve never read anything like it before. I’m struck by those words. It gets a lot across right from the start of your poem.

  2. Charlotte on July 12, 2022 at 11:27 AM

    No amount of words can express my appreciation and agreement for this poem.

  3. cat on July 12, 2022 at 11:31 AM

    i really like the first stanza. the repetition of what different people were doing as they died really hits hard because none of it was bad it was just people living!!! why was that a crime punishable by death!!!

  4. Lisa on July 18, 2022 at 5:28 PM

    Hi RL,

    Your poem is beautiful. Your words are relevant and I can see that gun violence has ignited an outrage in you, like it has for us all. I like that your words start with a sort of calm desperation and pain that slowly transforms into a powerful call to action. I also really loved how you let the reader first feel as though they’re external to the problem but later turn it around and ask the readers to question what they’d do if this violence affected them. It’s hard to think about, but necessary. The images you invoke are incredible – “lonely dinners, child sized coffins”. These situations are too real for so many people and I hope your words reach many others. Thank you for sharing.

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