Active shooter
I usually hear about it on tv
But this time it was near me
I paused as a deep sadness came over me
Not only for the affected families
Not just because it could have easily been me
But because of the place of where it happened
Many times I’ve been in the same building
As It’s a place of help and healing

As I think over life and the change in things
I’m grateful for all the new conveniences and technology
But I want to see this country go back
Go back to the time when folk could argue and walk away
And be friends again in a few days
Back to when the time when of ending a life never came to mind
Back to seeing churches as sacred and schools as havens
When no institution has to practice active shooter drills
Because folk will adhere to God’s words “thou shall not kill” (Exodus 20:13).