I don’t ever write a poem

about guns about shooting

what can happen

and what did no words for what happened

children and parents

mental illness a gun to kill

every single child

should be completely safe what it means

to be a child to be an adult

protecting every single child

they are all our own every adult

knows  we are all parents

they are all our children

now we will ensure

not with prayers and thoughts

with policies and laws

what makes life safe

life has to be safe

it’s not life without safety



Esther Cohen
Let me tell you why I'm here, and why I hope you'll join me. I am here to poem, to play with words, to tell stories when I can, and to ask you for yours. Words are what I love, how I see, and what I say. Words are how I know my life, and how I find my friends. I'm here to ask you to join me. Right here. To send me your stories, and your poems. And to read mine when you can.


  1. In 1990 my husband and I were at the opening ceremony of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The actual woman the school is named after, who wrote about the Everglades, was there to cut the ribbon. I taught American Literature there for 16 years and retired in 2006. Seeing those images on TV from the campus I walked so many times, the place where I spent more of my waking hours than my own home hit my gut in a way that the other school shootings haven’t . I am hoping that this very large smart school of almost voting age young people will do what others have not been able to. Force the legislation. MSD has always been very concerned with high SAT scores and getting into good colleges, but what’s the point when a young man will not be using his swimming scholarship because he just got shot .

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