Saturday, December 22, 2012

Local poet responds to Newtown tragedy

[Gazette Blog Editor's note: The following poem was written in response to the Newtown tragedy.  Carrie Backe is a Rim Country resident and Arizona's reigning Senior Poet Laureate.]
Going Home Too Soon

December 14, 2012

By Carrie Backe

She lay down on

Her daughter’s bed,

On her sweet-little-girl

Fragrant pillow,

Amid baby dolls and

Floppy bunnies.

But before she could


She had to hug

The fuzzy pink bear

Her daughter would

Never outgrow,

And cry.

She had to cry

And cry

And ask why.

Why the hell why,

Why wasn’t she

Coming home?

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