A young man filled with racial hatred
observed a Bible study in a church.
After an hour he pulled out his gun
and shot nine black people to death.
His hope it seems was to have others
join him in his campaign of hate.
Instead the community came together
perhaps as they never had before.
Hands of many colors reached out
to console, to mourn and to pray.
Nine candles were lit for the dead.
I’d like to raise another in tribute
to those in Charleston, South Carolina
who stepped up in love—not hate.
Caryl Calsyn is a retired Interior Designer with involvements in many areas including history, writing and singing groups. She has had a total of 75 poems published by nine different publications.