Newtown: Two Poems

An Unfamiliar Voice

An unfamiliar voice stabs at my heart/

Begging me to drop everything and run/

Faster than a bullet to my son’s school/

Or quicker than automatic guns can/

Deaden the life of a beautiful girl/

Or before the innocent smiles fade/

As they face down into hot pools of blood/

I drop the phone, my fingers numb, and stoop/

To make sure I’ve heard correctly the news/

That sears into my brain, stripping my soul


To a Politician

No one shares our grief

Tears of tragedy

Flowing down do not

Make you one of us

Promises delayed

Fixes thrown away

Speak so much louder


None can understand

Your abandonment

Of our children

Our sons and daughters

Who might have been saved

Your tears may be real

A sign of your guilt



About brucejberger

Bruce J. Berger has published his short fiction in a variety of print and on-line literary journals, including Prole, Jersey Devil Press Anthology, The Awakenings Review, Raphael's Village, Eastown Fiction, Black Magnolias Literary Journal, and others. He also publishes shorts stories for Amazon's Kindle. He is pursuing his MFA in Creative Writing at American University beginning in August 2015.
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