In the early hours of June 12, 2016, 49 people were killed and 53 others wounded when a man with an assault rifle fired inside a popular gay nightclub in Orlando, FL, in what officials say was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. We are coming up on the second anniversary of that tragedy. In that light, I wanted to re-post the commemorative poem I composed in memory of those who lost their lives and those who mourn them.
The poem is inspired by one of the Songs for Orlando composed by my friend, composer and musician, Dr. Joe Utterback (http://joeutterback.com). DEEP PEACE: the final Orlando work for the terrorist attack in Orlando, is now on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/y08LkzUBbm4
Below is my poem:
Pulse of Life
By Arlene Yolles
And I hear them laughing
And I see them smiling
And I wonder where they have gone now.
All the things they were in life
All the joys they brought
Are sweet memories we share now … cherish and cling to.
For the things they did and said,
For the plans they made,
Sweetly, softly, in our hearts they linger, linger.
But I see them everywhere
And I see them now
How can I tell them what they meant in life … and how they touch me still
How the Pulse of Life, when loved ones depart,
Beats forever in mind and heart.