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Let Our Hearts Fly

illustrated poem

“Let Our Hearts Fly”, poem and image © B.E. Kazmarski

My heart is heavy with the news of the school shooting today. I’ve used my creative efforts in a poem and image. May we remember the innocent children, the adults who tried to protect them, and the families they leave behind.

Let Our Hearts Fly

A cardinal

flashing red in the bare winter landscape

innocent of my intent

I missed my shot, my camera open to receive too much light

yet it was then that I heard

of the shooting of other innocent birds

on this brilliant morning

colorful plumage

melodic chatter

gathered in a trusted place

a flash of red

too many left behind

others holding hands

closing eyes to run.




Please let it not be so.

For those who can no longer fly

let our hearts fly to be with them

flashing red in the brilliant and bare winter morning.

Poem © B.E. Kazmarski

All images used on this site are copyrighted to Bernadette E. Kazmarski unless otherwise noted and may not be used without my written permission. Please ask if you are interested in using one in a print or internet publication. If you are interested in purchasing a print of this image or a product including this image, check my Etsy shop or Fine Art America profile to see if I have it available already. If you don’t find it there, visit Ordering Custom Artwork for more information on a custom greeting card, print or other item.

One response

  1. Maggie Forbes

    Bernadette, a beautiful poem. Thank you for putting the sorrow into words.

    December 16, 2012 at 8:06 pm

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