On November 1st, 2013, I started participating in the November Poem-A-Day (PAD) challenge on Robert Lee Brewer’s Poetic Asides Blog. This involved writing a poem a day for a month, inspired by daily prompts. As I read that day’s prompt, my radio was tuned to an NPR station. The hourly newscast was on, and I heard about an airport shooting in Los Angeles. I don’t remember Robert Lee Brewer’s prompt, but somehow, that news story fit so I started writing and came up with the following poem from That’s Life: New and Selected Poems, my chapbook to be released by Finishing Line Press at the end of August.
LOS ANGELES, NOVEMBER 1ST, 2013
In a busy airport,
they appear, running,
amid the sound of gunfire.
Some fall–others keep going,
one dead—more wounded–why?
Have you ever been struck by a news story such as the events of 9/11?