Saturday, March 20, 2021

Rough Day for the Neighborhood #SOL21

I am going to try to unload some unsettling news from yesterday in 6-word chunks (inspiration from another slicer).  I wanted to write a poem, but I did not feel like it was poetic.  I feel like it is raw, puzzling, and unsettling and all I can do is spit it out.   Nothing makes sense.


Something happened in my neighborhood yesterday.

Helicopters were flying around the area.

They were low and loud, too close.

A text came from a friend,

"Rough day for the neighborhood," What??

Around the corner on our walking route,

a 49-year-old mother and

her 12-year-old daughter were

found dead at 7:30 a.m. at home.

Father and brother are not suspects.

Isolated incident; no threat to community

It was a "very difficult scene."

More death too close to home.

Trying to make sense of it

is so damn scary, no words.


I am participating in the Two Writing Teachers March Slice of Life Challenge.






8 comments:

  1. I love the format you chose to process this event in your writing. I hate that your community is suffering. I'm so sorry that happened.

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  2. Six words at a time is a very healing way to release this tragedy. Terrifying and sad! I am so sorry for you and your community. Truly unsettling and painful.

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  3. Thanks for sharing. I like this format because it access the raw emotion without overwhelming.

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  4. What a tragic event. You chose a good format to share your clipped thoughts in this moment. Do write a poem later. Poetry is often raw, puzzling, and unsettling.

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  5. Very raw with emotion as you try to process this unsettling and tragic event. The format mirrored your own thoughts.

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  6. I feel your suffering. I wish I could be there to help with the healing. I'm sure there are many of us who feel like we want to be there to help, to help heal.

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  7. Unfortunately, I am aware of your story because I must live in a neighboring town. Your format of telling the story was perfect given the senseless and tragic nature of the incident.

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  8. This is the second post that I've read today mentioning this incident. Six word lines suits the thoughts about such a tragedy well, clarifying the facts and leaving the feeling up to the reader. So sad...

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