Empty Shell

in Gun Violence/U.S. by

empty shell
what it held
what we lost

7,000 pairs
of children’s shoes
stand waiting



Activists collect thousands of shoes for memorial to children killed by gun violence [NBC]

dl mattila is a linguist and poet residing in the Greater Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area. She holds an MA in Writing (poetry) from The Johns Hopkins University. You can find her poems in Contemporary Haibun Online, Frogpond, Modern Haiku, and The Heron’s Nest, among others.

Photo by Lorie Shaull.