"no one deserves a tragedy"
...We do not understand this tragedy.
We know we did nothing to deserve it.
But neither does a child in Africa dying of AIDS.
Neither do the invisible children
walking the night away
to avoid being captured by a rogue army.
Neither does the baby elephant
watching his community being devastated for ivory.
Neither does the Mexican child
looking for fresh water.
Neither does the Appalachian infant
killed in the middle of night in his crib
in the home its father built with his own hands
being run over by a boulder
because the land was destablized.
No one deserves a tragedy.
- Nikki Giovanni, University Distinguished Professor of English, Virginia Tech.
This is from the poem that Giovanni presented at today's convocation in memory of the victims of yesterday's violence. Thanks to Linda McCloud for posting the text.