"The road to enlightenment is long and difficult, and you should try not to forget snacks and magazines."
Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith

Monday, July 18, 2016


Too pretty for its sad purpose, 
the blanket covering the small body
 was shiny gold.
A baby doll lay beside it,
dropped, I guess, on impact.
One more life lost
among so many lost lives.
More parents going home 
without their children,
more children falling asleep 
without their parents.

If you're keeping score
hatred earned another point,
swooshed the net, slipped past the goalie
knocked the damn ball outta the park.
I'd like to say that
love will get the next one, 
the game's not over yet.
Surely we're due a photo finish.
But as long as there's a scorecard
we'll never see the end.
Just more pictures of
shiny blankets, small bodies, and
a doll who's lost her child.