Say the words of prayer and grief, lament the price of life’s cruel thief
Close the coffin, light the pyre,
forty-nine dead, when will we tire
Of violence, untimely loss,
naming names and counting costs?
After Columbine, Aurora, Newtown?
San Bernadino, Orlando, Charleston?
Too many times, too many lives,
close the coffin, on sons and wives.
Daughters and fathers laid to rest
a clueless nation fails the test.