We are with you, Virginia Tech.

It’s madness.

Total madness.

I haven’t blogged in weeks but the Virginia Tech shooting tragedy has wrenched open my heart.

As an alumnus of another Virginia state school (College of William and Mary), I have many friends from Virginia Tech and have visited the campus a number of times. It just feels so close, so real, so terrifying.

And having survived a tragedy myself, it brings it all back.

I created a Facebook group to show support for Virginia Tech; as of 3:51pm ET, it’s got 675 members.

I also created this sign for people to download and show their support for Virginia Tech:

What is there to say?

Try To Praise The Mutilated World

Try to praise the mutilated world.
Remember June’s long days,
and wild strawberries, drops of wine, the dew.
The nettles that methodically overgrow
the abandoned homesteads of exiles.
You must praise the mutilated world.
You watched the stylish yachts and ships;
one of them had a long trip ahead of it,
while salty oblivion awaited others.
You’ve seen the refugees heading nowhere,
you’ve heard the executioners sing joyfully.
You should praise the mutilated world.
Remember the moments when we were together
in a white room and the curtain fluttered.
Return in thought to the concert where music flared.
You gathered acorns in the park in autumn
and leaves eddied over the earth’s scars.
Praise the mutilated world
and the grey feather a thrush lost,
and the gentle light that strays and vanishes
and returns.

by Adam Zagajewski
Translated by Renata Gorczynski

One Response to “We are with you, Virginia Tech.”

  1. The Cure at Troy | As If It Matters Says:

    […] helped has been poetry. There are, in particular, four poems that have stayed with me as my salve: Try To Praise the Mutilated World by Adam Zagajewski, Fragment by CK Williams (you can hear him read this poem on Slate, which I […]

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