Let Our Hearts Fly

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

My heart is heavy with the news of the school shooting today. I’ve used my creative efforts in a poem and image. 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

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12 thoughts on “Let Our Hearts Fly

  • December 15, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Thank you for these beautiful and comforting words, Bernadette. It’s still so hard to imagine a human being could have done this – I just don’t understand.

    • December 15, 2012 at 10:49 pm

      Chris, thanks, it’s really a hard one to deal with, and you just endured a mall shooting.

  • December 15, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Beautiful, Bernadette. You capture what we are all feeling – helpless, stunned, begging it to not be so.

    • December 15, 2012 at 10:48 pm

      Thanks, Peg, I could hardly keep it in and I’m so glad I could share it.

  • December 15, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    I too, felt compelled to write to find a way to channel my feelings and I continue to be at a loss. I don’t know how we will ever come to true grips over something this senseless and tragic, but it certainly does let us know just how fragile and fleeting life is. Thank you for this beautiful poem and for sharing your thoughts.

    • December 15, 2012 at 1:34 pm

      Deb, this is one that I think will change us.

  • December 15, 2012 at 10:33 am

    This is beautiful, Bernadette. The imagery of letting our hearts fly to be with those who can no longer fly is comforting.Thank you for giving us this gift.

    • December 15, 2012 at 10:41 am

      Thank you, Ingrid, it’s still with me this morning but I’m glad I can share a bit of peace and beauty.

    • December 15, 2012 at 1:05 am

      Thanks for reading and commenting. I needed to share.


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