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 looks forward to getting back into the nearby desert park as springtime progresses. That park proved interesting enough to him to base a short book of poems and paintings last year, The Inner Mountain (published by Cholla Needles in Joshua Tree, CA). The coyotes come down to the streets in his neighborhood and move with style! Read other articles by David.