haunting the room with terrified loved ones,
breaking the hearts of first responders,
as they moved among the dead.
Name them: Stanley; Eric; Kimberly.
previously lit up with joy and laughter,
now remained still,
forever silenced by hate.
Name them: Luis, Amanda, Gilberto.
My rage and fear,
for those I love,
courses through my being,
threatening to freeze my heart and soul.
Name them: Shane, Jason, Joel.
But I will love instead,
and defeat hatred and ignorance,
by forgetting the killer,
and remembering the lives that were.
Name them: Simon, Enrique, Mercedez.
I will remember.