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 has lived in Phoenix since 1978. He grew up in England with watching soccer as a major part of life although he has managed to move on to other interests since then, including reading and writing poetry. Read other articles by David.