If I Could Write for Wikipedia

 If I could write for Wikipedia. . .

"written in memory of those killed in San Bernardino CA, 12/2/15"

I’d write
fourteen whimpers slicing the wind
twenty-two scarred monuments

fear in my fingernails
innocence shot scattered
platitudes like too many moons to count

And tenderness, damaged goods—the baby

I’d write
despair and despair

the childless father

—still, a baby!

 

Richmond, Virginia