[Milton-L] Miltonic Sonnet: Blacksburg

Kemmer Anderson kanderso at mccallie.org
Wed Apr 18 09:18:21 EDT 2007

                        "We Are Virginia Tech"
                        for Nikki Giovanni

 From Blacksburg poetry rises from this hour
of grief that shrouds the Blue Ridge Mountain plain
with students, faculty, and parents whose pain
drives language to break sound barriers and flower
in the compost of despair.  The power
of metaphor wraps round this tragic stain
defined by blood and writ through time since Cain
committed the first murder that tells our
story.  The exponents of flesh explode
in memory.  Names, faces dissolve through
a holocaust of tears.  Recorded dust
forms into prayer and breaks into an ode
called out from the campus bard who knew
how to bring us back to words we trust.

                         Kemmer Anderson 

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