Haiku for Mass Shootings

I’ve decided to write a haiku every time there’s a mass murder. I’m starting with the first one that I remember, which was in 1991. Then I included a haiku for Pulse, because it was one that hit particularly hard for me, and then I move into each mass shooting since November of 2017. I want this project to end soon. But I am not that hopeful. - Eve Lyons

Note: The FBI defines mass murder as murdering four or more persons during an event with no "cooling-off period" between the murders. 



1991


1.

Twenty-three people
Luby's Cafeteria
He hated women.

2017


2.

Forty-nine people
He was a self-hating gay
A night club called Pulse

2018


3.

Fifty-eight people
Country music in Vegas
Recently, he lost.

4.

Twenty-six people
Praying in a Texas church
He taught Bible school.

5.

Five dead, ten injured
California ranch and school
"Domestic dispute."

6.

Kentucky farm town
Sixteen kids injured, two dead
Played in the school band.

7. 

Seventeen kids dead
Nothing left in Florida
Recently expelled.

8.

Two AM waffles
Four murdered in Tennessee
White supremacist.

9.

High school in Texas
Eight students, two teachers killed
“He was quiet, weird.”

10.

Also in Texas
Abusive ex-husband kills
Three kids, new boyfriend.

11.

Five killed, three injured
Journalists in Maryland
This is not fake news.

12.

Texas nursing home
One man murders his father,
Stepmom, two brothers, self.

13.

New Orleans strip mall
“This had to be personal”
Ten people, three dead.

14.

Cincinnati bank
“This could have been a bloodbath”
Only four people.

15.

Known anti-Semite
Killed eleven in a shul
President stokes hate

Someone’s brit milah

Sabbath peace has been broken
Pittsburgh's not Eden.

16.

Country music bar
Twelve shot in "safest city"
Weird and mean loner.

17.

Mercy Hospital
Chicago gunman kills four
"Domestic dispute."

2019


18. 

Sebring, Florida
Killed five women in a bank
He called 911.

19. 

Two homes, yards apart 
Four dead in Rockmart, Georgia
"He was a cool kid." 

20. 

Shot three in a bar 
Home invasion, killed owner
Penn State shooting spree

21. 
Houston Texas home
Five cops and two suspects killed
Serving drug warrant

22. 
Ascension Parish
Family of five all killed
Young man they took in. 

23. 

Five dead in Texas 
Parents, grandparents, toddler
Murder suicide. 

24. 

Five killed in a plant
In Aurora Illinois 
He had been fired. 

25. 

Mother and daughter
Killed five in Philly suburb
Their own family.  



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