The Innoncent Gunned Down at Walmart "Abecedarian" a Challenge Issued by Ann Carr

Updated on August 7, 2019
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I am a writer of poetry and fiction. I especially love flash fiction. My name is Ruby, and I live in Southern Illinois. I am a retired R.N.

What must be done to stop this carnage?

Aggressive

Behaviors

Convoluted

Defective

Emotions

Formulating

Gunshots

Hurling

Into

Juveniles

Killing

Little

Memories

Never

Opened

Preventing

Quest

Release

Stifled

Undisclosed

Venting

Wordless

Xfactor

Youth

Zapped






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    • always exploring profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mar. The z was the most difficult, yet zapped is exactly what the shooter did to innocent families and children. Will we ever be a civilized nation again? It is so good to see you. I hope you had a restful time away from writing. Love ya..Hugs.

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      Maria Jordan 

      7 weeks ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Zapped - what a fitting ending to this senseless tragedy.

      Thank you for daring to reflect on these unspeakable acts of hatred, dear Ruby

      Sending you all my love and lots of hugs, mar.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      I agree Mark. Thanks for coming by.

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      Mark Tulin 

      7 weeks ago from Santa Barbara, California

      No matter how many adjectives one tries to describe something like this, Ruby, it is wordless and senseless.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mike, so good to see you back in cyberspace. I think, when this happens, we all are appalled, then we go on about our lives until it happens again. I can't imagine what it will be in fifty years? This is not my kind of poetry. I would rather rhyme. Thank you. I hope you are well and on the road to recovery. Hugs

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      mckbirdbks 

      2 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Ruby - I am so late. You have expressed your feelings well. Senseless is right. Seems we bring new levels to our collective frustrations. Hugs

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello William, thank you for praise of this offering. It is a new way, the abc poetry. It was a challenge and difficult, but I enjoyed the process.

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      William Kovacic 

      2 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Such a shame about the situation, Ruby, but you did a wonderful job of commemorating it. It takes a special talent to do what you did here.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Rinita, so nice to see you. I agree, something must be done to stop these horrible killings. I wish Walmart would stop selling guns in all stores. I read that they are the number one sellers because they sell cheaper. Thank you for your welcome comment.

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      Rinita Sen 

      2 months ago

      Heart-wrenching poem, Ruby. My heart goes out to the innocent victims of this and all other mindless attacks all over the world. Every time something like this happens, it opens up several questions, with answers that are possibly out there, but our authorities refuse to acknowledge them. It is more than time to stop the hatred.

      Excellent use of the form. The words were chosen carefully to emphasize the severity of the situation.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Dana. Thank you for the nice comment...

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      Dana Tate 

      2 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      Hi Ruby

      You did a nice job on this challenge.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Larry. Nice to meet you. Thank you..

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Pamela, happy you approve this type of poetry. Thank you much.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Thanks Peg, so happy you liked this piece. I changed it so many times, I wasn't sure the words did this tragedy justice.

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      Larry Slawson 

      2 months ago from North Carolina

      Great work. Thank you for sharing.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Shauna, I agree 100%. Trump keeps on talking about illegal immigrants, his followers yell " Shoot them " I'm afraid as long as he's in office there will be more. Thanks for coming.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Thank you John. This type of poetry is difficult. Happy you approved.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 months ago from Sunny Florida

      This seems like a fitting poem for these times and you did a wonderful job with the Abecedarian challenge, Ruby.

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      Peg Cole 

      2 months ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      Well done! That is difficult to do with the alphabet. Yet your poem says it all from A to Z.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      2 months ago from Central Florida

      Ruby, you did a nice job of highlighting despair and the loss of life in your abecedarian poem.

      I don't think mental illness is entirely to blame. When leaders, who are supposed to be role models, show and speak blatant prejudice, there are sure to be repercussions.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Lorna, Thank you for reading and commenting. It truly is an atrocity.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Bill, like you, I am at a loss. I guess all we can do is write about it and possibly open more facilities to house the mentally ill. Thank you...

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      John Hansen 

      2 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I am appalled by this tragic event. Your abecedarian poem highlights it well Ruby. Good job.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      2 months ago

      Your words sum up the horrors of this atrocity.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      This is the new cross all of society must bear, and I'm afraid I don't have a simple solution to it all. Hopefully we will all be able to find out way out of this darkness....your poem is haunting, my friend. Well done!

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