Say your prayers and mourn the dead
But much more killing is still ahead
As long as guns are in our lives
Only a random number survives

Empty words are always spoken
As the heart of society is broken
Many say all we can do is pray
Save legislation for another day

Second Amendment is a suicide pact
Now is the time for leaders to act
And do more than just offer prayers
Show us which of you really cares

(Posted in the comments section of The Society of Classical Poets Literary Journal Feb. 21, 2018)