Christal Ann Rice Cooper

Christal Ann Rice Cooper
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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Poem "ORLANDO 49" by Chris Rice Cooper

Christal Cooper
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*Poem written by Christal Rice Cooper


Orlando 49 Version 1

Healing, not from
where the light shines,
but from where the blood drips.

49 individual drops
visible from the Orlando Sun
now black birds flying

each drawing its own
individual mark, together
a map upon blue sky

leading to Faces
within the great rainbow
cloud of witnesses

“We said a quick prayer.”
“All of them were dressed up in nice clothes, blood all over.”
“We stopped calling it “the shooting” and started calling it ‘the attack.’”

Now the birds smell His blood,
hear the music of His voice,
they no longer drip, but fly.

Did they know they were being photographed?
Did they know of their loved ones wailing
because of their horrible exit from this world?

We may never know
but we do know this:
O, finally to be a bird

free from this violent world.
Now pulsing peaceful flashes of color
no longer entrenched by gun fire

because they see the blue blaze in His Eyes
they are not burned, but cooled
no longer gasping, but exhaling

flying free to blossoming Hands
opening ,opening, opening
healing, healing, healing




Orlando 49
Version 2

Healing, not where
the light shines,
where the blood drips.

49 drops
shining in the Orlando Sun
now black birds flying

each drawing a dark mark,
a map of faces
a rainbow cloud of witnesses

Now the birds smell blood
“We said a quick prayer.”

Hear the music of His voice,
“We stopped calling it “the shooting” and started calling it ‘the attack.’”

They no longer drip, but fly.
“All of them were dressed up in nice clothes, blood all over.”

O, finally to be a bird
to know where water lives free
pulses no longer orange gun fire

They see the blue blaze in His Eyes
they are not burned, but cooled
no longer gasping, but exhaling

into the blossoms of His Hands
Opening.
Healing.

















































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