That body they pulled from the river

That body they pulled from the river

was once full of smiles and mischief

dancing, laughing and full of life


That body they pulled from the river

was so young

How did she get there?

She doesn’t belong in the river, in the city…

That body they pulled from the river

is someone’s best friend

someone’s auntie

someone’s niece

someone’s neighbor

someone’s classmate

someone everyone knows…


A missing person

A body pulled from the river

A news story

A memory



Explain It, To Me

I just don’t understand
I just can’t see
is there anyone who can explain it to me

another day
more bad news
my mind tries to turn away

but my heart refuse(s)
to ignore
what is in front of me

my heart cries out for the innocent
as it screams for peace
it prays for love and decency

they say be the change
you want to see
and I try Dear God

as I fall to my knees
tell me what to do
tell me who to be

make me as strong as I need to be
make me the love you want others to see
but I fail

and I fall
I am not enough
I am but one, this world needs more love

my mind races
my tears fall
can anyone explain it

any of it, at all?