Riley Howell and Lori Gilbert KayeA Poem on Recent Shooting Heroes Lori Kaye and Riley Howell, by James A. Tweedie The Society May 2, 2019 Beauty, Culture, News of Note, Poetry, Terrorism 10 Comments For Lori Kaye and Riley Howell I sing in praise of Lori Gilbert Kaye. When racist hatred paid a deadly call On Congregation Chabad of Poway, She stood and “took a bullet for us all.” I sing of Riley Howell of UNC. “He knew” exactly “what he had to do,” And died while giving hell the third degree; A brave and selfless, one-man wrecking crew. Yet even as I sing their praise, I grieve The loss of lives far nobler than my own; Whose tragic deaths inspire me to believe That evil can, by love, be overthrown. They freely gave all that they had to give, And died so folks like me and you can live. James A. Tweedie is a recently retired pastor living in Long Beach, Washington. He likes to walk on the beach with his wife. He has written and self-published four novels and a collection of short stories. He has several hundred unpublished poems tucked away in drawers. NOTE: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 10 Responses C.B. Anderson May 2, 2019 Nicely turned, James. You are one of the bright lights here at SCP, and I always look forward to your submissions and your comments on other submissions. If I might compare you to a fine wine, you age well. Since I still engage in physical labor on a daily basis, I wish I could have aged half as well as you have done on a regular basis. Your work and your criticisms are always weighty, and I can’t get enough of them. Reply James Sale May 3, 2019 I totally agree with you, CB: James A.T. is a bright light on the pages of the SCP. His comments are balanced and without rancour or malice; and his poetry is either stimulating or great fun. Thank you. Reply James A. Tweedie May 3, 2019 TY, C.B. Your kind words are appreciated. If I am, as you suggest, a “bright light,” then I am content to let that light shine on Lori and Riley as they take a bow on center stage. Any applause should be for them. Reply David Watt May 3, 2019 James, the universal themes of courage and selflessness are illustrated adroitly, and with sensitivity, in this piece. Well done. Reply E. V. May 3, 2019 Thank you! Let your words (in lieu of the shooters’ names) be recorded in the pages of history. You’ve composed a worthy tribute to two heroic people. Reply C.B. Anderson May 3, 2019 E.V., a niggling point on your last word. It should be “persons,” not “people.” Reply David Paul Behrens May 3, 2019 A well deserved and timely tribute to these heroes. Thank you. Reply LUCY CORTESE May 4, 2019 HEAVEN WEPT tears of angels cascade down on this most hallowed week Christians mourning in Sri Lanka joyful Easter turned bleak Jews sitting Shiva in California Passover Seder suspended terror in houses of worship religious freedoms upended Reply James A. Tweedie May 4, 2019 Thank you, Lucy, for adding your poetic tears to the thread. Sri Lanka represents yet another sad and tragic assault on religious worship. Although in recent years such attacks around the world have been primarily directed at Christians, Muslims and Jews have also been targeted both in the United States and elsewhere. We must never cease weeping for for such things, until the day comes at last when God “will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:4 At least that is how I see it. Reply traffic people May 10, 2019 Kendrick Castillo, Joshua Jones, and Brendan Bialy. 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