Nov. 7, 2018. Thousand Oaks (13 deaths)

did they think of country music and designated drivers

future dreams and frustrating finals

retirement and golden years

leaning over pool tables

a home for survivors


Oct. 27, 2018. Pittsburgh synagogue (11 deaths)

did they think of prayers and cool rain

baby names and children running

blend of woods and purple carpets

breakfast decisions to be made

infectious laughter and cooking together


Aug. 26, 2018. Jacksonville Landing (3 deaths)

did they think of controllers and crowds

Twitch and YouTube fame

gamertags and choosing the best avatar

relaxing in a favorite chair

fun and skill wrapped in one


May 18, 2018. Santa Fe High School (10 deaths)

did they think of paint and ceramics

gym sneakers squeaking across the floor

black pebbled turf

sun summer freedom

college letters received with anticipation


Feb. 14, 2018. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (17 deaths)

did they think of hearts and cards

25 cent carnation flowers

like-like confessions

stuffed teddy bears

teachers shaking their heads at pda


Oct. 1, 2017. Las Vegas (58 deaths)

did they think of sparkling lights and watered down alcohol

chance meetings

music vibrating through the air

a gamble they otherwise wouldn’t have made

warm bodies swaying in the wind


June 12, 2016. Pulse Nightclub (49 deaths)

did they think of top shelf liquor and warm barstools

languid laughter

one too many shots

humid bodies pressing against each other

a near first kiss

Dec. 14, 2012. Sandy Hook Elementary School (28 deaths)

did they think of crayons and soft mats

playing pretend at recess

trading a mini-pizza for a pudding cup

green dot on a spelling test

reading the first Hank the Cowdog


how could we forget

Photo by NBC News

Published by Christy Leos

Hi! I’m Christy Leos – Writer, Editor, and Author with a background in English Literature, social media, digital content creation, and access to justice work for marginalized communities. 📌When I write, I am the best version of myself; I am a storyteller.📌 📣 Work featured on News Break, LatinaMedia.Co, ABC13, Southern Laced, and

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