The Poet Laureate of Columbia, South Carolina, Writes About the Charleston Massacre

Diane Ravitch's blog

The poet laureate of Columbia, South Carolina, is Ed Madden. Does your city or town or village have a poet laureate? It should.

Madden read this poem at a rally on Saturday. There is nothing like a poem to get to the heart of the matter.

“When we’re told we’ll never understand”

Someone says a drug-related incident,
someone says he was quiet, he mostly kept to himself,
someone says mental illness,
someone says a hateful and deranged mind,
someone says he was a loner, he wasn’t bullied,
someone says his sister was getting married in four days,
a newsman says an attack on faith,
a relative says his mother never raised him to be like this,
a friend says he had that kind of Southern pride, strong conservative beliefs,
someone says he made a lot of racist jokes, but you don’t really take them seriously like that you don’t really…

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