The Brillantina Project

Where Do We Go From Here?

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SEE THIS:
Lots of us
Gay people
Dancing mingling touching
People of color chatting
Laughing sweating
Everyone enjoying

Vibrant & queer
Feeling safe

NOW SEE THIS:
These same lively people
Cornered
Gunned down

Lying twisted in pools
Of their own sudden fears

No longer dancing
They had no choice

LISTEN TO THIS:
Cell phones ringing frantic
Vibrating aliveness
Against the pockets

Of all these     Dead
Innocent
People

UNDERSTAND THIS:
We are getting
Massacred
All of us
Places we gather
Schools offices clubs
Shopping malls
Cafés churches

Everywhere

IMAGINE THIS:
All of us
Armed-         AK’s   MCX’s
Bullet proof vests
Driven by personal vendettas
Taking aim shooting reloading

Everyone a predator
Without ethics

Animal

UNDERSTAND THIS:
One cannot obsessively
Collect an arsenal of assault weapons
Without aching

For the kill

HEAR THIS:
After the greatest U.S. mass shooting
Greatest as in most horrific

The murderer
Is somehow glorified

After the greatest U.S. mass shooting
Gun sales soared
Stock prices spiked the market healthy resembling

Savage hallelujahs
Macabre applause


Bonnilee Kaufman

A Lambda Literary Fellow and member of QueerWise, a senior writing collective, Bonnilee participates in spoken word performances. Her poetry appeared in or is forthcoming in publications including: Ghosts of the Holocaust, Milk and Honey—A Celebration of Jewish Lesbian Poetry, BayLaurel, Conceptions Southwest, River’s Voices, Sinister Wisdom, and Selfish

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