The newscasters say it was
the worst mass shooting
in American history
and they say it again
and again, never mentioning

Wounded Knee
Sand Creek
Bear River
Pit River

Bridge Gulch
Puelo de Taos
and Acoma

Which begs the question
of exactly when
American history began.

David Chorlton lives in Phoenix and enjoys a view of the desert mountain that occupies its space surrounded by the city. He has had an unusual year in which watching the local wildlife has been a help in his recovery. Read other articles by David.