Sandyhook Requiem

Friday 12-14-12 started as any other day

Dressing for school, hurried breakfasts, hugs, little ones at play

Dedicated, loving teachers there in the morning

As dedicated, loving parents hand-off their living treasures

Little beating hearts and chubby hands

Giggles and greetings, crayons and colored clay

Chaos and unspeakable violence breached the walls

Of an institution felt safe and warm

By one confused, angry and hurt

An invisible young man now a house-hold name

To the horror of a nation

Yes, even to the shock of the world

And the deep searing grief of the families

Precious lives now cruelly cut short

The aftermath of confusion and pain

The lack of understanding

What are we to do?

Who does this? Who?

Why? WHY?

No answers, only pain

For the children, for their teachers made heroes in one final act

For the mother who died alone in her home

For the father and brother left behind

Trying to make sense of the senseless

Too many guns they say

Too little help for the lost they say

Be kind they say

As if being kind afterward matters so much

When being kind before…noticing…caring….

Might have stopped this?

We weep as a nation, we rage

We want to help

What to do?

What can we possibly do?

I think of these families preparing to bury their dreams

During a time that should have been joyous


A time of giving…

Grief and sadness, pain and loss

Among the wreathes and trees, ribbons and gifts

Looking to the Heavens for 27 bright new stars

God…please give me the wisdom to give a gift

To remember them


Teach me to care

Show me how to be compassionate

Give me the bravery to intervene when things aren’t right

Give me the fortitude to stand up against wrong

Open my eyes to see those who are lost and feel invisible

Remind me to hold close those I love

For You may call them home before I’m ready to let go

Teach us all that we are connected

We are family

We are ONE community

One world

All people

Maybe then, just maybe

We will really see the 27 lost that day

This is our chance

From pain hope may spring

Let it come.

If you have peace and abundance

Won’t you please share it with just one who does not?

My family and I cannot think of one single way

To honor those lost at Sandyhook more

Than to shine a light into the horrible darkness

Even if we’re afraid.

God help us all.

~~Maria Appleby, Champaign, Illinois, USA, 12-16-12



About Maria Appleby

Let's see...I always hate these little "about me" blocks...because I suddenly find myself having absolutely nothing interesting to say. I have never been good at selling myself. I am the youngest child, and only daughter of Michigan farmer, who married a beautiful German girl...after WW II. I have been married since 1990 to my best friend, and love of my life, Don. We were never blessed with children, not for lack of trying, and we now share our home and lives with several loving cats. I am a voracious reader, fancy myself a writer (hey, a person can dream), like to garden, believe in shopping locally for fresh goods, and support fair trade. I was in the U.S. Army for 9 years as a military police officer. I've had many different jobs over the years. I like meeting new people, making new friends, and cherishing my old friends. I never thought I would get to the age where I could say...I have known (and liked) some of my friends for over 45 years! Me in a nutshell? I'm an average person, who loves her husband fiercely, her country deeply, her family thoroughly, her pets unconditionally...and I believe everyone someone. It's wise to remember that. It's also smart to keep in mind...everyone is fighting some kind of battle, so be kind
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37 Responses to Sandyhook Requiem

  1. Kath Daly says:

    Absolutely beautiful ❤

  2. oneanna65 says:

    Reblogged this on cancerkillingrecipe and commented:
    I can’t find the right words…… But I thing Maria did…….God Bless……..

  3. Thanks a lot for this post. I had no words too – only tears…

  4. Margarita says:

    Yes, we are all One. And, yes, we all grieve. Thank you for expressing it so eloquently.

  5. gatesitter says:

    Thank you for expressing what we are all feeling so beautifully.

  6. You found the words I was unable to find. What a beautiful and heartfelt post.

  7. Reblogged this on Jennifer's Journal and commented:
    I couldn’t find the words for this terrible tragedy, but I think Maria did. Please read.

  8. Thank you for your post. Very nice tribute. God Bless.

  9. I have nominated your blog for the Very Inspiring Blog Award! Thank you for making the world a better place. More details here:
    Very best wishes

  10. wavensongz says:

    Thank You, it had to be said, and You did, “VERY WELL”.

  11. Geoff Clow says:

    Reblogged this on Gorgeous Company.

  12. Lucia Maya says:

    Beautifully written, thank you.

  13. petit4chocolatier says:


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  15. doublefillcupcakes says:

    Reblogged this on .

  16. seventhvoice says:

    So powerfully written and with so much heart. Thank you for expressing with such clarity what the rest of us are feeling.

  17. therealkelvincambridge says:

    Reblogged this on therealkelvincambridge.

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  19. Chaotiqual says:

    Reblogged this on chaotiqual.

  20. Hi everyone! I am very overwhelmed at your comments! Thank you for allowing me to try and express how I feel about this. Although I have had this blog for a few years, it is sadly neglected and I am still “new” to how everything works and how to properly acknowledge everyone. Please forgive my failings with this. I hope to become better versed with polite blogging rules and I just want to thank and acknowledge all of you. Thank you. It means a lot to me!

  21. this was beautiful ❤

  22. carolann5 says:

    Reblogged this on My Life and commented:
    This is just to remind us of the ones that cannot be with us during Christmas. 😦

  23. Reblogged this on Diary of a Cupcake Virgin and commented:
    An amazing poem about such a dreadful happening.
    They were the same age as SC – he asked why they got shot, I had no answer.
    My thoughts and prayers go out to all the parents who lost their children in this tragedy, and all parents who have lost children to violence.

  24. Reblogged this on agirlsbookblogandwhateverelse and commented:
    Everybody reblog this from Maria’s Musings. Get this poem out there.

  25. Beautifully done. Written with an open heart. Thank you.

  26. We all have our stories, I agree. We all feel pain. We all need a kind act or gesture to get us through the rough patches. And hopefully, we will all pay if forward and extend loving kindness to all who cross our paths. Perhaps if we do, another event such as this will be avoided. Maria says it so well and describes how we all weep for souls set free sooner than we were ready to release them.

  27. GrowlTigger says:

    Wonderfully long and all encompassing poem for the victims of a tragedy that has impacted people all around the world. By some strange coincidence I stumbled on a re-blog of this poem within 1 hour of reading 27 Acts of Kindness by blogger thirdeyemom –
    You both acknowledge the perpetrator as a victim, along with his surviving family, a big step in the right direction.

  28. sued51 says:

    Beautiful poem Maria! I also wrote a poem…about Victoria Soto. In case you want to read it, here’s the link:

  29. jilltrammell says:

    Reblogged this on PATRIOT PROMOTIONS, PR & PRODUCTIONS and commented:
    We should never forget the pain and loss of the families at Sandy Hook. God Bless them all and may their hearts find some peace. This is a wonderful requiem.

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