Sandy Hook Vigil

Sandy Hook Vigil

A Poem by Vanessa Pavelock

The student body

gathered outside

that winter night

on one of the

windiest days of

the year

and we held

candles in

paper cups

between the

spaces in our

cotton gloves

The wind blew

and half the

flames went

out, but they

did not remain

that way


Instead, people

huddled in

circles and

re-lit the

candle wick,

standing close


enough to keep

out the harsh

cold air that

whipped through

the night


There I watched

as the priest shook

hands with the rabbi,

and we all listened

to the beauty of



There I stood feeling

warmer than I ever have

in 30 degree weather  

as I watched 28 acts

of kindness unfold

before my eyes


© 2013 Vanessa Pavelock

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It's hard for me to put into words how very effective I think these words are. What can good people say about something so horrendous? A gasp steals our speech. Yes, light a candle and destroy evil with kindness.

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Added on June 3, 2013
Last Updated on June 3, 2013
Tags: slam poetry, sandy hook, response poem