Maria's Musings

Tales my heart tell….

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




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  1. Absolutely beautiful <3

    Comment by Kath Daly | December 16, 2012 | Reply

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

    Comment by oneanna65 | December 16, 2012 | Reply

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

    Comment by easyweimaraner | December 16, 2012 | Reply

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

    Comment by Margarita | December 16, 2012 | Reply

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

    Comment by gatesitter | December 16, 2012 | Reply

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

    Comment by Jennifer's Journal | December 16, 2012 | Reply

  7. Beautiful!

    Comment by blackbeanbrownies | December 16, 2012 | Reply

  8. 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.

    Comment by Jennifer's Journal | December 16, 2012 | Reply

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

    Comment by Sand Spring Chesapeakes | December 16, 2012 | Reply

  10. Reblogged this on modernathenians.

    Comment by codymcdevitt | December 16, 2012 | Reply

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    Very best wishes

    Comment by marymeddlemore1 | December 16, 2012 | Reply

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

    Comment by wavensongz | December 16, 2012 | Reply

  13. Beautiful…

    Comment by loubug071 | December 16, 2012 | Reply

  14. Reblogged this on Gorgeous Company.

    Comment by Geoff Clow | December 16, 2012 | Reply

  15. Nice Tribute.

    Comment by Justine | December 16, 2012 | Reply

  16. Beautifully written, thank you.

    Comment by Lucia Maya | December 16, 2012 | Reply

  17. Beautiful.

    Comment by petit4chocolatier | December 16, 2012 | Reply

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    Comment by doublefillcupcakes | December 16, 2012 | Reply

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

    Comment by seventhvoice | December 16, 2012 | Reply

  21. Reblogged this on ELANA – The Voice of the Future.

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  24. Reblogged this on My Blog.

    Comment by Kenneth Robson | December 17, 2012 | Reply

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  26. 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!

    Comment by Maria Appleby | December 17, 2012 | Reply

  27. this was beautiful <3

    Comment by kaityscooking | December 17, 2012 | Reply

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

    Comment by carolann5 | December 17, 2012 | Reply

  29. Beautiful

    Comment by cupcakevirgin | December 17, 2012 | Reply

  30. 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.

    Comment by cupcakevirgin | December 17, 2012 | Reply

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

    Comment by whateverandforever | December 18, 2012 | Reply

  32. Reblogged this on lovelyseasonscomeandgo.

    Comment by signsandwonders2020 | December 19, 2012 | Reply

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

    Comment by Addie Johnson | December 20, 2012 | Reply

  34. 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.

    Comment by the_tovarysh_connection | December 28, 2012 | Reply

  35. 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.

    Comment by GrowlTigger | January 23, 2013 | Reply

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

    Comment by sued51 | February 10, 2013 | Reply

  37. 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.

    Comment by jilltrammell | March 22, 2013 | Reply

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