another absent father

whether unwed, divorced,

or imprisoned.


family needs stability, child lacks security


boy without manly model,

abandoned heart.

educational system poor fit,

disillusioned mind.

socialization by bullies,

tormented soul.


when slow burning anger eventually flares into violent rage,


why are we surprised?



An open letter in quadrille form, linking to d’Verse Poets.

11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Victoria C. Slotto
    Mar 05, 2018 @ 20:12:23

    The heart of the problems we are facing.


  2. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar
    Mar 03, 2018 @ 20:16:47

    Oh, I do think people can be evil … it’s all about choice. Punishment is necessary when people DO evil things. most people are just selfish – it’s that constant battle to live for others, to lie virtue not vice. I think it is really a reflection of society… ?


  3. Mish
    Mar 03, 2018 @ 10:20:53

    We shouldn’t be surprised at all. The only way to stop these acts of violence is prevention ….oh and gun laws would help! We have the same issues with mental illness here, but they very rarely lead to a horrific event.


  4. memadtwo
    Mar 03, 2018 @ 06:05:20

    So true…instead of punishing those in need (after), why not find a way to help them (before)?


  5. Grace
    Mar 02, 2018 @ 16:48:12

    I agree with you Lynn. Too sad that this just going round and round without any solutions.


  6. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Mar 02, 2018 @ 12:20:04

    There is nothing to be surprised about… just wondering why we insist on branding everyone evil based on their deeds….

    Evil can only seen when it’s all too late.


    • lynn__
      Mar 02, 2018 @ 16:08:21

      Branding people as evil is not helpful but we are responsible for our deeds. I think there are warning signs before violence happens.


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