#LOVE 2022. Songsloveroses presents, “Humbly Stepping For Love.” I wrote this poem in 2018, after a tragic mass shooting on February 14, 2018. “A 19 year old opens fire on students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida, murdering 17 people and injuring 17 others.” (CNN News) High School student from across America went to Washington D.C. to March to protest gun violence in America. On Saturday May 14, 2022, in Buffalo, New York, a 18 year old gunman killed 10 and wounded 3 at a grocery market. Today, sadly, again, I am sharing this poem. “Humbly Stepping For Love.” Far too often, America’s communities witness hurtful crying faces. They have lost love ones to violence. (The killers were young, 18 and 19 years old.) Those killed were young, middle aged, and senior citizens. This is so heartbreaking, but true. Love one’s, families, and friends, are left so confused and helpless. The community asks the question, what more must we do? Often, many brave hearts and souls speak out. They want to ease the pain. Families are told, “you are In our thoughts. You are In our prayers.” But, after even more shootings and deaths, things still remain the same. For a short period of time, the violence appears to stop. Then, painfully, in another community, the killing starts again. Time after time, members from the community comfort and support one another. They show love to their neighbors and friends. They meet. They pray. They marched. Marcher’s footsteps are the voices of their heart. Marching won’t bring about an instant fix. Marching is a start. Failure by lawmakers to address the situation, only prolong the pain. Until political leaders step up to the plate, things will remain the same. Students and communities witness political parties fighting against each other. Students and communities march because they want lawmakers to address gun violence. Too many lives have already been lost. Students and communities want lawmakers to work together. They want lawmakers to seek common sense solutions. For this noble cause, students and communities, will keep humbly stepping for love. (Hearts of love send thoughts and prayers for grieving families in Buffalo, New York, and for grieving families in the California Church shooting on Sunday, May 15, 2022)

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