Now that T_V_Walker’s Historic ridicule, pun and games competition has ended, I want to apologize for my entry Million Gun March, in which I satirize Ted Nugent and the NRA. I posted the poem on February 14th, at 6:23 am. (This time is noted on the entry.) I never would have done so had I known that only a few hours later, just past 2:00 pm the same day, the worst mass school shootings in American history would take place.
I considered deleting my entry, but on the advice of friends I kept it posted. As one friend pointed out, Freud said there was no such thing as a coincidence, and maybe some sort of predetermined fate willed it to remind us how callous we’ve become to gun violence in our nation. She also stressed there was no way I could have determined the future.
Despite her sincerity, her latter opinion was wrong. I did know there would be another mass shooting, but I never in my wildest dreams thought it would happen only hours after I posted my poem. I just want everyone at DU to realize the time-line of my entry as to not think me so incentive that I would try to capitalize on the death of children, on the very day they were murdered. If it appears that way, please accept my apology.
Yet, realize, I believe we as poets have the power to change the world. As artists we need to confront the world’s injustices, not avoid them. As poets, let us answer those with clenched fists of hate, with open arms of love. Remember, one poet, with one pen, can make a profound difference.
Again, I apologize to anyone offended by my entry and thank you for allowing to clarify the time-line of my posting. It has been weighing heavily on my mind ever since.