Remembering, One Week Later: “Let Our Hearts Fly”

image with poem
"Let Our Hearts Fly", poem and image © B.E. Kazmarski

My heart is still in Newtown today, one week later. May we remember the innocent children, the adults who tried to protect them, and the families they leave behind.

Let Our Hearts Fly

    A cardinal

            flashing red in the bare winter landscape

                                 innocent of my intent

I missed my shot, my camera open to receive too much light

                yet it was then that I heard

          of the shooting of other innocent birds

                              on this brilliant morning

             colorful plumage

      melodic chatter

gathered in a trusted place

            a flash of red

                      too many left behind

             others holding hands

                                        closing eyes to run.



Please let it not be so.


                                                 For those who can no longer fly

                       let our hearts fly to be with them

  flashing red in the brilliant and bare winter morning.

Poem © B.E. Kazmarski

I took this bad photo that morning, and wrote this poem a few hours later.

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3 thoughts on “Remembering, One Week Later: “Let Our Hearts Fly”

  • December 22, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Thank you, Bernadette, for sharing your beautiful poem. You have quite a gift with words!

    • December 21, 2012 at 2:16 pm

      Layla, I’m glad I could put it to words. And the photo is only “not what I intended”, but there is a lesson in that as well.


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