Words Aren't Enough
For all the victims of the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut
Words aren’t enough, the common tongue
judged useless to expunge our deepest grief.
Yet what else have we?
Music perhaps, gestures, grunts, touches
of cold comfort?
Rage exhausts itself, searching vainly
for some culprit.
We return to words and find them wanting.
Trusting others to know enough
to know just how we feel.
Continuing to mouth our vain attempts
to tame the savagery of loss.
Words aren’t enough we know.
We know, we know not what to say.
Yet speak and keep on speaking.
In the end; it’s all we know.
© James Rainsford 2012
Note to Readers: Posted to Open Link Night at dVerse Poets on 18th December 2012. This is a re-working of an earlier poem . Posted here this evening for all those who tragically lost their lives in Sandy Hook Elementary School.