A Moment of Silence<br>Lee Kottner
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A Moment of Silence
Lee Kottner

A Moment of Silence

Lee Kottner

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At 2:47 today,

I will still be in my office

deciding the fate

of students I have known

for a third of a year.

The work is silent

except for brief grumbles

about lack of responsibility,

last-minute efforts,

poor impulse control,

missed dead-

lines.

 

At 2:47 yesterday,

two lives ended

in retaliation

for hundreds more,

or just because

a young man

had access to a weapon

and an unquenchable rage

that burst out

in the opposite of silence.

And if I am silent

 

at 2:47 today

in memory of all of them

shot with the same gun,

victims of the same

eye for an eye

philosophy

I, too,

help make the whole world

—like my half-formed students—

blind

and deaf.