By William Laferriere
They once inculcated a moral response,
Within our vaunted, ever-expanding community,
Eyes wide open,
Hearts and minds filled with hope.
Bodies ravaged by
Insidious dividing cells,
Scalpel scar tissue
And deleterious side effects.
Their early departure speaks of travesty,
We’ll miss their countless contributions
Of thoughtful advocacy and decency,
Lived experiences and tears.
A recent NoHalfMeasures discourse,
Enjoins us to develop grief rituals,
Remember those left behind,
And find the lesson of their lives.
And to “Say Their Names.”
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