my wife, who is beautiful, proposes


my wife, who is beautiful, proposes
that each of us pick one of these
beloveds, who are beautiful, to remember—
one specifically who is ours forever,
a name that we will never forget,
in a kind of shared burden of chantry
to remind us to pursue the kinds of change
that have to come, that have to come
if our nation, our people—who are beautiful—
are ever going to be healed of this sickness
so peculiar to the american mind—
that by making it personal, one to one,
we will not fall into neglect moving on
like shambling cattle to the next outrage—
if we each remember one
then millions will remember each—
remember them at prayer and in the sunrise,
on each holiday, at New Year’s Eve
remember their birthday as our own
and hold them in our heart
to remind us we have work to do—
i think it is a beautiful, simple idea—
i think i will do it—
now and forever i commit to the dear spirit of
Madeleine F. Hsu born July 10, 2006—
for the remembrance of things hopefully past.

—Don Whittington

Charlotte Bacon, 2/22/2006
Daniel Barden, 9/25/2005
Olivia Engel, 7/18/2006
Josephine Gay, 12/11/2005
Ana M Marquez-Greene, 4/4/2006
Dylan Hockley, 3/8/2006
Madeleine F Hsu, 7/10/2006
Catherine V Hubbard, 6/8/2006
Chase Kowalski, 10/31/2005
Jesse Lewis, 6/30/2006
James Mattioli, 3/22/2006
Grace McDonnell, 11/4/2005
Emilie Parker, 5/12/2006
Jack Pinto, 5/6/2006
Noah Pozner, 11/20/2006
Caroline Previdi, 9/7/2006
Jessica Rekos, 5/10/2006
Avielle Richman, 10/17/2006
Benjamin Wheeler, 9/12/2006
Allison N Wyatt, 7/3/2006

Adults Sandy Hook Elementary Victims:
Rachel Davino, 7/17/1983
Dawn Hocksprung, 6/28/1965
Anne Marie Murphy, 7/25/1960
Lauren Russeau, 6/8/1982
March Sherlach, 2/11/1956
Victoria Soto, 11/04/1985


13 thoughts on “my wife, who is beautiful, proposes

  1. Each name is a hole in my heart, for the parents of the lost children, their voids are much more vast. I can only imagine the pain their hearts beat with this morning, and each morning after, until they find their resting place. Thank you Don.

  2. again we mourn for the lost hope and potential. Again we weep for the horrors now imprinted on young, on old, on all memories. Maybe our promised immortality is in rightfully being remembered. I am a stranger who likes your thoughts, I will place Ann Marie Murphy in a prayer for she choose to work with our and for a future.

  3. As suggested by you and your wife – who are BOTH beautiful, ideatrix and poet – I commit to memory for so long as I shall live little Jesse Lewis, born in June, 2006, and robbed of his life by an armed and armored beast who surrendered his humanity with this heinous atrocity.

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