Throwback Friday: Charlottesville, Virginia August 12, 2017 – Christine E. Ray



my survivor’s brain does not try
to process man’s inhumanity to man
whole anymore
it scans the image
trying to make sense of the puzzle pieces
a car
bodies frozen in flight
accidental aerialists
a beautiful tattoo on a contorted back
black truck parked to the right
the horrified and incredulous looks
on the faces of the onlookers
oddly it’s the shoes that my brain focuses on
you really can be knocked out of your shoes
when a man behind a wheel of car
makes it a weapon
accelerates deliberately
perhaps madly
into a crowd of counter-protesters

© 2017 Christine Elizabeth Ray – All Rights Reserved

2 thoughts on “Throwback Friday: Charlottesville, Virginia August 12, 2017 – Christine E. Ray

    • I am trying really hard NOT to accept things the way they are. I refuse to believe that we as a human race are no better than the man who chose to get behind that wheel and drive into that crowd of counter-protestors.

      However, I do agree that our brains try their best to protect us from what feels inconceivable, focusing on what we can fathom and process when we hear of such deeds.


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