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Pondering Aurora

Updated on September 22, 2014

By: Wayne Brown

What sick, misguided evil possess a man…body, soul, and mind

Taking up violence against the masses in his lonely self-define?

Is it something planted there at birth, something in the DNA

That causes him to want to destroy others to find his own way?

What level of desperation or loss of self-worth can one life teach,

To allow one’s thoughts to be guided by such an evil breach?

To feel that killing innocent people is the justice and the hope

When the edge of the cliff is reached and one can no longer cope

Why oh why, must even one individual suffer such a shameful act,

Designed to show the will of a perpetrator to carry out the fact?

Has the world become such that man cannot find a proper place?

Must we take to killing others to define one’s self and our space?

Who failed this man, failed those who died, those left to grieve

Where was the world when this one elected his torment to relieve?

Can insanity be the order of the day? When man is killing fellow man

Can we not find a far more civil way to live within God’s plan?

God must grimace when he looks down and sees what has taken place

To realize the beloved human he created has taken on such an evil face

And in his heart he harbors hope in its darkest hour for each and all

For he knows we must learn to live together or otherwise, take the fall

©Copyright WBrown2012. All Rights Reserved.

20 July 2012


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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @PHILLYDREAMER...Yes, it seems to be yet another element of life which resides out on the dark fringe...we can never seem to see it clearly. Thanks much for the observations! WB

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      Jose Velasquez 5 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      I can't say how God feels about the incident, but I know it paints a bleak picture in my mind of how the world is. Some people are mentally disturbed, and I wish there was some easy way to tell who is going to snap and go on a killing spree, but unfortunately it's all part of this chaotic thing we call life.

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      I would not agree with you more......The money and lobbying and time spent on discussing the ifs ands or buts of one of our most vital Constitutional rights.........should ALL be devoted, and focused on the rampant, epidemic of mental issues/illnesses.....the proper care, therapy, recognition, facilities, medications..........GET SOMETHING RIGHT PLEASE, YOU GUYS.......Normal, rational, healthy, moral individuals do not INTENTIONALLY hurt, injure, maime, or KILL their fellow men. They just DON'T!!! Snap the hell out of it.

      If you want to take the guns....start taking them from the felons, druggies, rapists, burglars, scumbags and NUT cases........once you have them ALL...and of course you NEVER will....we can MAYBE worry about the rest of us....The BEST of us.

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      fpherj48....Your reaction is your rational mind attempting to come to terms with an irrational act...I believe that is why we continue to misunderstand it, not recognize the face of it, and it continues to occur. All the time, everyone just wants to blame the guns...the person is the problem...the human mind. Keep your eyes peeled...I'll have something else along these lines in a couple of days. Thanks much! WB

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      I take your hub so seriously to heart...I ask all the same questions and feel the pains.........Honestly, Wayne, I am truly still so shaken and horrified.....I open my mouth to speak and nothing comes out. I guess that's what they mean by paralyzed with sorrow...........UP+++

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @ImKarn23....The Second Amendment is likely the one amendment most dear and guarded by the bulk of the American public. Gun sales respond to peoples' fears and in the case of Colorado, as a result of this tragedy, many people began to feel their fears of being in a similar situation. After all, there is only so much the police can do in some period of response time. The real solution here is to figure out how we keep nuts and psychos from getting their hands on guns....or sharp instruments for that matter. I am a licensed conceal carry gun-owner. I am not a gun nut who has to have one of each kind but I have been in enough situations where I felt uncomfortable and exposed. I want to minimize that possibility. There thousands of people who are licensed and they carry a weapon everyday though we do not pay enough attention to really notice the fact. Those weapons remain in their holster for decades only coming out to take target practice at the range or to be cleaned. People understand their responsiblity that goes with the priviledge and they act accordingly. Tyranny was fresh in the minds of the Founding Fathers when the 2nd Amendment was written and it could certainly be a threat to us today. An armed citizentry at least makes those who would weigh that possibility stop and think about it before acting. In that sense, it is a deterrent and that is what it should be. Thanks for the good words! WB

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      this whole thing makes me just nauseous!! Angry!! Nauseous!! And then i understand that gun sales went UP in colorado after the shooter???? will people never learn? GUNS DO KILL! The second amendment needs an amendment - i'm sure the fore fathers would understand - considering they signed it while they were stuffing gunpowder down their muskets! OMFG. Beautiful, poignant poem - so sad that it is necessary..

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @SilentReed...I do not disagree with your perspective in terms of the family and their need to grieve in peace. Thanks much! WB

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      SilentReed 5 years ago from Philippines

      The U.S. is the most heavily armed country in the world. Where it's citizenry can buy a semi off the counter. Live by the gun, die by the gun. This tragic event is being milk for all it's political mileage by both sides. Bleeding heart liberals and gun loving conservatives. Wouldn't it be expedient if you could just put a bullet into his head like they do in non-democratic China and end this political and media circus? The perpetrator had his 15 minutes of fame. Let the families grieve in peace and move on with their lives.

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @David Ramses...I agree with you....we are the only answer to stopping such insanity. WB

      @marcoujor...I agree as well...political silence! WB

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      "God must grimace when he looks down and sees what has taken place"

      I agree with TFP. Thank you from my heart, Wayne.

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      David Ramses 5 years ago

      If only a few of the victims had been carrying guns.....perhaps..... If the deranged individuals who plot and carry out these types of hideous crimes knew that everyone was legally armed they would undoubtedly rethink their premeditated actions.

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @SilverGenes...The only thing tyranny fears in society is the armed masses which might put up a fight. Ours is a slow one so few notice the noose slowly slowly boiling a frog in a pan of the time the frog notices, his goose is cooked. Politicians are not naturally born wanting to take away is a learned behavior of the crowd that he/she migrates into and that crowd today is filled with socialist, marxist, and your everyday communist. They thrive on this stuff. As Obama's aid pointed out..."Never let a good disaster go to waste. Thanks much. WB

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      SilverGenes 5 years ago

      Very powerful poem, Wayne, about how a human being can enter such a dark place and go unnoticed by all around him. What a terrible, heart-wrenching tragedy! Those who are grabbing for political opportunities in the wake of this tragedy are disgusting. This is not about guns. It's about people. Insanity will not disappear with gun control but freedom certainly will. In Canada, a man stood up on a Greyhound bus and beheaded the young man in front of him. No guns were involved but horror and death came anyway. Today, the killer is escorted on day passes in the community but the young man is gone forever and his family still grieves. The pendulum swings wildly right now in both our societies and politics bears the responsibilty. - Alexandra

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @WillStarr...Yes, and it will not go before the Senate as he will employ the option to implement it for the duration of his term which he plans to extend into a second term. By the time the option runs out, he will have confiscated the guns and wrecked the weapons business. No doubt about it. I see no justice in that in any form but the American people certainly deserve what they vote for. WB

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona


      In just a few days, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will both sign the UN gun control treaty. That's the 'justice' he's talking about.

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @drbj...Obama's remark on Aurora stating that "justice would be served" has only one meaning for me...that justice he speaks of is his intent of crushing the guns in America and here again we have the man famed for never letting a good disaster go to waste already plotting in that direction. Ignore the real problem and use the leverage....that's the way it works. Maybe you need to do an interview with a handgun, Doc! Could it hurt? WB

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      You ask excellent questions with your profound poetry, Wayne. I wish I had good answers. Unfortunately, this sad disaster will arm Obummy with more ammunition for gun control. The only ones who will win will be those who unlawfully retain or obtain and use guns to commit crimes.

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @Jennifer Tate...Thank you! I appreciate the good words. WB

      @breakfastpop...Your words are true...we can take away everything and the deranged mind will still come up with methods to create tragedy. I am afraid that is a fact of life that we cannot legislate out at our whim. Thanks Poppy. WB

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      This tragedy had not a thing to do with guns, but it had everything to do with this one young man. Could it have been prevented? maybe, if someone saw what appeared to be going on and intervened by calling the authorities. Can we stop a young man from turning out like this. Probably not. Your poem says it all. Up and awesome.

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      Jennifer Tate 5 years ago

      Beautiful! Thanks for sharing this!

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @The Frog Prince...Amen,sir, Amen...

      @Deborah Broooks...Thank you, Deborah for the read and the great comment. These are difficult times. WB

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @rcumple...Thanks so much. There are many ways to skin the cat..and, I appreciate yours! Thank you for a great comment. WB

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      your poem is beautiful and sad and I am crying. this strikes a cord and we wonder why oh why this kind of things happen. thank you for this beautiful sad poem and I am sharing


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      The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      A moment of silence for the victims please...

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      Rich 5 years ago from Kentucky

      Extremely well done! Though different in stylings, we have both expressed our feelings towards this incident. Great Job!

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I agree with Randslam on some points, and ever wrote a Hub on it today..

      Superb work as always Wayne.

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      B Lucy 5 years ago from Podunk, Virginia

      Working in the mental health field, I understand that there is unimaginable complexity regarding the disturbed mind. But in my heart, I feel a lot of this country's problems go back to the lack of faith and personal accountability. Beautiful poem. Perfectly verbalizes a lot of what has been wondering through my thoughts.

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      Rand Zacharias 5 years ago from Kelowna, British Columbia

      This sad event has nothing to do with gun control...the adherents of gun control are living in a fantasy world...that Pandora's Box opened thousands of years ago with the advent of gun powder in China.

      This topic is about control of one's mind--for any murder places the murderer in a state of insanity--it is not a sane act, whether carried out with a firearm or any kind of weapon.

      Until the human mind of each and every being on the planet ends up with rational, logical thoughts...these things will happen...however, the human animal is not perfect, never will be. We will always have those with mental illness, genetic dispositions, mental disorders, megalomanic behaviours, narcissistic egos, etc., etc with us. It is in the manner we deal with the unhealthy mind--which often can only be discovered once the vial act or actions are already committed.

      To discuss the weapon as the evil is futile--it is, and always will be, the mind with the finger on the trigger that is at fault. Mental health seminars, anyone?

      Balanced, well-meaning members of the planet are the majority, however, dysfunctional, twisted, psychotic, psychopathic behaviours will ever be the dark side of the mind that not all of us can control.

      Life is like this...and the survivors in Aurora have a hard road ahead, but no one, no organization, no government and no leaders, political or otherwise, should use this incident as some sort of touchstone to litigate what is uncontrollable.

      Guns are with has the choice not to own one...but those with the huge responsibility of owning a firearm must be ever vigilant--this is "true" gun control--and always has been.

      You don't point a gun at something you don't mean to eternal truth.

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @Gypsy Rose Lee....Humanity can have an ugly face and we are that much more confounded by it because we try to figure out an insane act using a rationale mind...that comes through when you hear folks pointing out that this young man was well-immersed in post graduate studies...nothing whatsoever to do with an irrational mind once it snaps. Thanks much GRL...sounds like the news is crazy on both sides of the world. WB

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      So sad so despicable and terrible. Your poem says it all and yes, that evil person will have a special up close talk with God and it won't be pleasant. I was in shock when I heard. I thought say what???? I put in a special prayer for all those people. On this side of the world a nut case went into one of our large movie theaters, decided he didn't like his popcorn, brought out a gun and shot the popcorn vendor in the head. I kid you not. So what's happening in this world???? Passing this on to honor the people involved in this tragedy.

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @randslam...Unfortunately, this incident will become yet another springboard which works only at the effect and not the problem. Political statements already are coming out that make no sense at all....Obama: "Justice will be served in Colorado."....and what implications can be made of that. I wrote this poem with emphasis on the individual...the sick mind that perpetrated this tragedy yet political hacks will attempt to use it to take guns away from innocent Americans. If only one off-duty officer or a CHL person had been present in that theater, the same bunch who want your guns would be screaming for that person's head who stopped this killer and did it with a gun. The face of evil here is on the person...not the gun. An individual armed with a baseball bat and the tear gas could have easily beat 12 people to death just as he shot them. Insanity will find a way to blossom. Thanks for the good words. WB

      @iammauderaleigh...Thank you! So glad you liked it! WB

      @writer20...Evil minds do evil things but humanity is basically good as the gentleman pointed out above. People are lining up to draw the wrong conclusions from this tragedy...being led like sheep I am afraid. Bless those who suffered this terrible deed. WB

      @whonunuwho...You can bet a lot more innocent people will suffer this tragedy. Just wait until Obama's ATF is knocking on your door asking for your guns. That is the political fallout in all of this....the gun is painted evil not the the person who employed it in that manner. Crushing all the guns will never fix such tragedies, next it will be knives, the saws, then baseball bats and hammers...where does it stop. The problem lies with the sick mind and the system that handed that sick mind the means to use it in the wrong manner. We must remember that when the solutions are offered. WB

      @Writer David...My sentiments exactly David. The media quickly rushes in to condemn all guns and people who own them basically ignoring the maddness and insanity of the perpetrator. This is the same media that would criticize anyone who stepped up and shot this young man while he was carry out his act...they want to work both sides of the street. Thanks much! WB

      @Faith Reaper...Thanks much...I really appreciate the good words. WB

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Stunning poetry. I am sharing. God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Writer David 5 years ago from Mobile, AL

      Very nice poem, Wayne. It is a horrible tragedy. What has compounded this tragedy is people trying to make political points such as ABC News.

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      whonunuwho 5 years ago from United States

      Well done and a nice tribute to those lost at the hands of a very sick individual. I see this as a mirror of what our society has become and what this person did is the cumulative result. The few who try to live the good life and care for others may not support the whole of society forever and some day it may all come down on top of us, just as the shootings. All we can do is to keep trying and help others as best we can. That is what our God wants us to do.

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      You've written a beautiful tribute for these poor lost people.

      Voted up and awesome, Joyce.

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      iamaudraleigh 5 years ago

      I wish they had a terrific button! This is a great poem, I asume on what happened in Colorado. It could represent so many people in history, really. I appreciate how you xpressed your grief and your heart in this. What a wonderul piece...sincerely.

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      Rand Zacharias 5 years ago from Kelowna, British Columbia

      What a sad turn of events for one of the most intelligent serials the Batman genre has ever produced. I thank you for your memorial poem as I listen to my favourite band from the 80's...Pink Floyd.

      The sad reasoning of this shooter may be unlocked, but likely not, and to go to such premeditated lengths as to walk into a dark theatre and not only yell, "Fire!", but rather simply fire a gun with hundreds of rounds of life-taking, flesh-rendering ammunition is beyond the lines and boundaries of insanity.

      The amount of pain this fool must have felt toward his fellow humans would beg the question--why not just shoot yourself?

      Colorado's tragedy may be the turning point for some sort of regulatory control on assault weapons, but alas, it happens all too often--in the USA and in Canada--somehow, wiser minds must come to understand that the lines between villainy and heroism are thin--razor thin--but that line is also razor sharp. It is always better to be heroic--villainy is insanity.

      Thanks for the poem, Wayne...and for letting me rant a little about a very sad, terrifyingly tragic young man who thought he was the joker...poor kid never got the gist of Nolan's intelligent revelation--that for the most part..."human beings are good."


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