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A mother's meditation on another senseless shooting

IMG_2807Please, God, should we ever be in the wrong place at the wrong time,

caught in the chaos of someone's not-right mind and broken heart

let my body be the shield 

that muscles between the harm and my child

let my quick-thinking

wedge us into safe corners

let me muster all of my swiftness to run

and strength to carry

my child and me into the light of day

where people who can help 

will be standing and hoping

where the hearts of a nation

will be pounding and praying 

And please, God, if my son stands

in a moment of terror alone

wrap him in the palm of your hands

and send him to me as soon as you can

For all the mothers who have shared this prayer

to their own gods and higher powers and unknown universes,

steady our breaths and palpitations

into one beat, one thought

that hums loud enough and low enough 

to blanket the mothers who have lost 

sons and daughters and partners and their own lives

who have frantically searched through crowds

who have been covered in someone's blood

who have never healed from the gaping hole

that it must be to watch a child die.

Please, God, envelope us today

so that the love is greater than the pain

and our worlds are turned back on their axes

and our babies are safe in their beds again.



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Reader Comments (11)

Thank you for your beautiful words at such a sad, senseless time.
July 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErin
Oh Jessica, my heart hurts so much. Your words are beautiful.
July 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterilinap
So beautiful and so in synch with so many.

July 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrett
Thank you, Jessica.
July 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCindy Fey
Yes Jessica, yes.
July 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMommyfriend
July 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKristen
My hear says the same. and you just have to hold your breath sometimes. <3
July 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDora "Dooritos"
Beautifully written, thank you for your words.
July 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLizzy
Beautifully said. tears**
July 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLina@fancy frugal life
Wonderfully, heart-rendingly written. Thank you.
July 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKat
So beautifully written, thank you for sharing your heart in such a poignant way
July 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

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