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Published:July 15th, 2016 17:28 EST
A Few Words About the Orlando Massacre

A Few Words About the Orlando Massacre

By Ed Roberts

A Few Words from June 12, 2016


Let`s say

You are sitting there

And reading these few words


Let`s say

That your heart is filled with hatred

You despise a group of people

Not individuals in your life

Just a group of people in general


You might hate them

For the color of their skin

The religion they choose to practice

You might hate them

For where they live

Or where they came from

You might even hate them

For whom they choose to love



You and I have established

One thing


Your heart


And possibly your soul

Is filled with



What I ask of you

The one sitting there

Reading these words

Is simple




Maybe someone has hurt you

Done something in your past

So horrific

It has scarred you this deeply


But this was an individual

I can assure you

Not everyone is like them


Maybe there was an act of violence

One against you

Or your family

And now you are sitting there

Plotting revenge



I can assure you

An act of violence

One against those

Who are simply innocent targets

Will not bring you any relief

Not in this world

Or in the next


In so many ways

You will be simply doing to them

What someone else

Did to you


This might look good on paper

But in the end

Believe me

It never works



I am just a poet

I know you think

There is no way

That I can ever begin to understand

Your pain

Your sorrow

Or your rage


And you might just be right


What you have to understand though

Is that I was born and raised

In Oklahoma City

I have seen what an act of violence

And terror

Has done to others


It was my home

That was attacked


It was my people

That were killed


They were killed by a man

Who once was sitting there

In a small room

Working with others

Trying to find a way

To make a statement

That was born of blind hate


A hate for a group of people

Innocent people

Who were just trying to go about

Their everyday lives


So many men, women

And yes

Children died that day

For no real reason

At all


What I am asking you today

May not be as hard as you think


What I want you to do

Is stop


Stop the hate

Inside yourself


Only you can do this


There are no words I can ever hope to write

That can


All I can do

Is sit here

In front of this small computer

And try


Ed Roberts 6/12/16


We can never change what people have done.
The best we can ever hope for is to change what they might do instead.