I wonder if an unusual flock of white crowned sparrows
Were there that day, that fateful day
Sensing, by which means I know not;
The carnage about to come.
In a frenzy of panic I can imagine the flutter
The unruly encirclement over the festivities.
Perhaps an onlooker gazed upon the sparrows
Momentarily captivated by crying white birds
Together with an eerie hush from the desert wind
Surmising that this is an ominous sign,
Could this be one last final thought of the departed.
For high up in the Mandalay, thirty-five to be exact,
Malevolence hailed down -hailed on a strip of the Mojave.
Smokey rounds undiscrimately raced, laced,
With hate into the music lovers.
Did the Red Rock echo the automatic distant mutter;
The disturbing sounds of mass tuned celebrators' dissarayed.
To what cause is there for such bareful morality?
What heart on 35 could not the feel the serenity;
Of the soothing, harmless country beat?
Then still, sought it fit to take many away
Away from their sacred land and kin.
Many souls - stunned by the sudden halt to dancing
Directed upwards, towards the sun
Yearning to return for one last goodbye.
Perhaps then, that same flock of white crowned sparrows
Native to the north - were grasped by the fallen
By some divine intervention.
Then to return to the scene in the Mojave,
Whispering farewell to the bereaved,
Gracing once again - the soil of the free land;
They loved, and perished upon.
Then unto the abode - well above the northern sky.
What a very sad piece...it's the first I've read since this horrible event took place. I like how you have managed to keep the tone of the poem somber throughout, it works so well with your word choice.
Sadly, I don't think it will be the last atrocity unless the gun laws are changed.