7 comments on “CLR.2020..indd

  1. Nancy Nowak says:

    Chuck, thank you so much for visiting my website and reading the sections I posted here. It means a great deal to me to have visitors here!

  2. CHARLES E STERNHEIM says:

    I read with sorrow ‘Dark River, Wings of Glass.’ Then I read the NYT account of how the 2015 tragedy turned (…this rural stretch of southern Oregon into the latest American locale ravaged by a mass shooting.) Your poem brings to life the experience of losing a loved one.

  3. CHARLES E STERNHEIM says:

    ‘Dark River, Wings of Glass’

    “The weight we feel
    though emptied

    into each of us
    becomes no easier to bear.”

    The weight they would
    have lifted from

    the shoulders of others
    now burdens borne alone.

    Lucero Alcaraz, nurse
    COVID-19, ICU

    Treven Taylor Anspach, firefighter
    Black Lives Matter.

    Sarena Dawn Moore, lover of
    people and ‘critters.’

    Loving acts of kindness
    Unseen, unheard.

  4. CHARLES E STERNHEIM says:

    ‘Dark River, Wings of Glass’

    First one
    then the others

    his students
    question him with their eyes

    “why would anyone
    how could you think
    what else could be done”

    Mr. Lawrence Levine, 67
    well-respected teacher

    “…a dry sound, like breath
    caught in the throat…”

    no answers
    no time.

  5. CHARLES E STERNHEIM says:

    ‘Dark River, Wings of Glass’

    Ms. Kim Saltmarsh Dietz
    age 59
    a freshman in college.

    This morning
    she enters the classroom
    backpack overstuffed

    adventure, spirit
    empty spaces
    yearning to be filled.

    This evening
    October, 01,2015

    one of nine
    “…roses pinned to blackness…”

  6. CHARLES E STERNHEIM says:

    ‘Dark River, Wings of Glass’

    They wear blood-stained clothes
    the blood of classmates, eyes closed
    lying motionless behind their desks

    “..they run towards us, those who can
    their ragged breath telling us

    crouch in some darkened space or
    behind some retaining wall”

    They bear mages of “what is gone”
    but less dire than those “..yet to come..”

  7. CHARLES E STERNHEIM says:

    ‘Dark River, Wings of Glass’

    Let us extend to each other
    small acts of kindness

    a gentle rising and falling
    a series of small waves (1)

    that reaches outward
    to touch strangers as well

    “…as though we could
    gather in our arms all nine…”

    and offer this as gift to them.

    1 Quinn Glen Cooper, 18, His mother started a Facebook page called ‘Make Your Ripples Count’ based on the idea that small act of kindness ripple through our interactions to impact others.

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