The river stones are listening because we have something to say.
The trees lean closer today.
The singing in the electrical woods has gone down.
It looks like rain, because it is too warm to snow.
Wherever you’re hiding, we know you can’t be everywhere at once.
Have you corralled all the pretty wild horses?
The memory of ants asleep and day lilies, roses, holly and larkspur?
The magpies gaze at us, still waiting.
River stones are listening.
But all we can say now is mercy, please rock me.
Yusef Komunyakaa - Rock Me, Mercy
December 14th marked the one year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting. Over at NPR, Yusef Komunyakaa reads his poem "Rock Me Mercy," written right after the shooting. Komunyakaa's reading is especially moving because he himself has lost a child.