Wednesday, February 14, 2018

“Kindergarten Murders: Vigil Prayer” by Mael Brigde

                      “Kindergarten Murders: Vigil Prayer”

dear Brigit
your own son turned
in murderous treachery
against your people
and was killed

ragged spear
through your heart
at first you shrieked
in the end you wept

you know our grief

small children shot
mother’s son who slew them
and in his torment

aid us  Brigit
in our anger  sorrow  shock
peace to those who lived
to those destroyed

build us whole
sing our rebirth

that we may live open
eyes and hearts
heal in newfound understanding
this tender tragic earth

This poem was written in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, which occurred on 14 December 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut, USA. It refers to the death of Brigit’s son in the Cath Maige Tuired, where he has attempted to murder one of his mother’s people in order to aid his father’s in the war between the Tuatha De Danann and the Fomorians.

Blessings on all our children.

Mael Brigde

Image: "Children in Khorixas, Namibia" by Thomas Schoch [GFDL ( or CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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