Dear Readers,

Lance and I were both deeply saddened by the tragedy Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary. I was asked to find the words to express our condolences for the families of Newtown and our profound sorrow, but found myself unequal to the task, even with all the vocabulary at my disposal.

Instead, I offer the following words, composed Friday evening by the esteemed poet Yusef Komunyakaa.


Rock Me, Mercy

The river stones are listening because we have something to say.

The trees lean closer today.

The singing in the electrical woods has gone down.

It looks like rain, because it is too warm to snow.

Guardian angels, wherever you’re hiding, we know you can’t be everywhere at once.

Have you corralled all the pretty wild horses?

The memory of ants asleep and day lilies, roses, holly and larkspur?

The magpies gaze at us, still waiting.

River stones are listening.

But all we can say now is mercy, please rock me.


You can listen to the poet reading this piece here, on NPR.