An image lights up
Blaring the news to a room of silence
My stomach twists with anxiety
I see a selection of letters in the headline
I can already sense the looming terror that is yet to feel
Along with the word "dead"
As the world fades into the background while I digest a news that is an empty hug
I see these lives flash away
This is our world
These hate speeches wrap around my head
People who were snatched up in a storm of violence that they had no part in
Only being themselves
Humans no more no less yet more are gone leaving broken spirits and glassy eyes
Another crash into a fire
We tear each other down to burn
An attack on people who like me are LGBT
Yet I sit safe watching as the world is for themselves
Words go a long way yet action is dire
Where is the hope that will give us strength
Earth, continents, countries, provinces, cities, states
This is where we live
Where our descendants will be
Who do we want to be?
What comes next?