It’s nice having angels, looking down on us from high,
But we must stop, prematurely, sending their souls to the heavenly sky.
I know some say that tragic death is all part of God’s most holy plan,
But never will you find me believing God wants guns in a killer’s hand.
The list of killings in America has grown to be way too long,
“Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes should not be this country’s most played song.
The headlines below are the most tragic, starting in 1984,
By the time you find and read this poem, it will probably include more.
Twenty-one innocent souls sent to heaven from a McDonald’s restaurant,
An out-of-work security guard, our spirits start to haunt;
Fourteen killed in Edmonds, Oklahoma while working with the mail,
A co-worker with guns in hand, afraid that he might fail.
Five killed in Stockton, California; ten in Jacksonville, Florida the next year,
Twenty-two in Killeen, Texas, just adding to the tears;
Four in Iowa City, four more at Lindhust High School –
In Olivehurst, California, the world seems oh, so cruel.
In an office building in San Francisco, eight more souls sent to their graves;
Six in Garden City, New York, that nobody could come and save;
Five killed in Jonesboro, Arkansas by two kids with guns in hand;
Thirteen in Columbine High School, I just don’t understand.
Nine in Atlanta, at two offices across the street;
Seven in Fort Worth, Texas; why must these tragedies repeat?
Seven in Honolulu, by a madman with a Glock;
Seven more in Wakefield, Massachusetts, these senseless killings we won’t stop.
Two in Santee, California, in another high school attack;
Three in a Tucson college, by a war veteran when he came back;
Five in Meridian Mississippi; nine in Red Lake Reservation, Minnesota;
Six more in Goleta, California – please wake me when it’s all over.
Five Amish girls in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania – I bet you’ve forgotten most of these;
Five in a Salt Lake City shopping mall – again I am praying down on my knees;
In Blacksburgh, Virginia, Virginia Tech University is in the news
Angels sent too soon to heaven that day total thirty-two.
Eight killed in Omaha, Nebraska; five at Northern Illinois University;
Thirteen in Binghamton, New York – how many more killings must we see?
Thirteen in Fort Hood, Texas – we will return here on our list;
Three angels made in Huntsville, Alabama, as the killings still persist.
Eight killed in Manchester, Connecticut; six in Tucson and almost one more,
Yet the gun laws in this country stay the same as they were before;
In Seal Beach, California, eight more angels sent on their way;
At Oikos University in Oakland, seven more bodies taken away.
Twelve from a theater in Aurora; six in a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek;
Six more in Minneapolis – my faith is turning weak.
Three dead in Brookfield, Wisconsin – none of these we should forget;
Then 27 angels were sent to heaven from a school in Newtown, Connecticut.
Five in Santa Monica College; twelve killed in Washington D.C.
Then back to Fort Hood, Texas, where three more we won’t again see;
Six dead in Isla Vista, California; nine angels in a Charleston church will earn their wings;
In Chattanooga, Tennessee, it’s a sailor and four marines.
Nine killed in Roseburg, Oregon – I have to sit and wonder why;
Three dead in Colorado Springs – are there any more tears left to cry?
Fourteen more in San Bernardino; terrorists are said to blame,
But if we don’t do something about our gun laws, we will just be suffering the same.
I wish we would stop making so many Angels
Before we get to know them in human form;
With a list as long as that above,
It seems we have more than enough been already warned.