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.
School’s out for the summer
Dancing; bodies moving to a beat – cut down
News assaults – rapid punches to the gut
49 Stories plus hundreds more
Vigils – thousands upon thousands of candles shining
Was he mad?
A monster – the boogie man in the closet?
He was a terrorist
He was loveless
And he is gone
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