The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
Young classmates and friends—
The ultimate measure of truth and beauty.
We love you, like sons and daughters,
Brothers and sisters, all of you:
Jaime Guttenberg. Aaron Feis. Martin Duque.
Nicholas Dworet. Luke Hoyer. Chris Hixon.
Meadow Pollack. Joaquin Olivier. Gina Montalto.
Alaina Petty. Cara Loughran. Scott Beigel.
Alyssa Alhadeff. Alex Schachter. Peter Wang.
Carmen Schentrup. Helena Ramsey…
And all the wounded.
How you came to learn but we emerged
Knowing much has changed in the negative sense.
Something horrible. Repeating a destructive circle.
Dante could not have made a ring of Hell
More potent or blood-choked.
Sadness rises with the force of a flood—
Moving everywhere, carrying the good before it.
Why anything like this ever again?
Garden City Park