Myrna Stone

Each of the Dead

Stoneman Douglas High School,
Parkland, Florida, February 14th, 2018

Again they fall, each of the dead animate,
spastic for a moment more in the bullets' path

in a hallway now become their own abattoir.
Again they fall, each of the dead animate

in our sorrow as if grief alone negates
the shooter's free rein and monstrous wrath.

Again they fall, each of the dead animate,
spastic for a moment more in the bullets' path.

Upon David Buckel's Protest Suicide by Self-Immolation

…my early death by fossil fuel reflects what we are doing to ourselves
—from his explanatory note, Brooklyn, NY, April 14th, 2018

To the cause for which he suffered, agree
with it or not, we give such cursory sway.
Shun or embrace his words as we please,
what the eye sees the mind replays:

the sweep of piney bough against the gray
char of his pyre, tapes and tarps and hoses,
and at the borders of the burn's disarray
safety cones bearing yellow roses.

Now he will forever be among the marked
for his unwonted act and its smoky script
in the dialed-down dark of Prospect Park
just before dawn. And if the writ

he left speaks volumes, what will you or I
make of it in light of his mortal sacrifice?


Myrna Stone is the author of five books of poems, the most recent being Luz Bones, released by Etruscan Press in 2017. A two-time Ohioana Book Award Finalist, her work has appeared in over fifty journals including, among others, Poetry, Southwest Review, The Massachusetts Review, Boulevard, Nimrod, and River Styx. Among her awards are three Ohio Arts Council Grants, a full fellowship to Vermont Studio Center, the 2001 Ohio Poet of the Year award, and the 2017 New Letters Prize in Poetry. Stone is a founding member of The Greenville Poets, based in Greenville, Ohio.


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