quatorzieme (a sonnet)

The dead are cooling still; the coldest hearts
are trying to put a spin on what we know:
That someone dealt the French a cruel blow.
And this is how the terror cycle starts.
Obscenity, to grieve by taking life,
and blasphemy to call for cruel acts.
We haven’t even gotten all the facts
except that here lie husband, child, or wife
or mother, father, sister, brother. Gone.
It’s not our place to tell them how to mourn.
All we can do is comfort their forlorn,
stay up our night to stand with them at dawn.
Extend not rhetoric but sympathy
for they have suffered greatly — just as we.

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