Who Are We? A Response


I first sat down to write this response a couple of days after the massacre of 49 of my community at the Pulse in Orlando, Fl.  I couldn’t. I couldn’t process my thoughts in an orderly fashion.  Its been a struggle trying to sort through all the words, images, and voices, trying to make sense of the senselessness. The raw emotions have smoothed out a bit-less than would be the “normal” amount of smoothness for me in general. There is nothing normal right now.  

Who are we?” you ask.  

We are a swiftly responding community spilling out-filling up the Universe with a groundswell of energies, a nation unto our own: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgender, Intersexual, Queer, Questioning, 2-spirited and Allies. Hashtag- We Are Orlando.

Pulse

School’s out for the summer

Graduation!

And Pride! 

Music

Dancing; bodies moving to a beat    cut down

Terrorized

Wounded

Scared

Dead

News assaults – rapid punches to the gut 

49 Stories plus hundreds more 

Survivors

Heroes

Vigils – thousands upon thousands of candles shining

Was he mad? 

Fanatic?

Angry?

Sick?

A monster – the boogie man in the closet? 

Whatever 

He was a terrorist

He was loveless 

And he is gone

For now

Bodies moving to the beats of millions of hearts

Dancing our way to center

Cargo filled caravans circling round

One full of gun reform

One full of mental health reform

One full of money

One full of healing

One full of peace

None full of fear

Tons full of love

Jae Casella, 6-19-2016

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