Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Charleston--By Caryl Calsyn--United States


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.


  1. Caryl,
    A well-written poem on a very important topic. It is a shame it is 2015 and racism still exists! Welcome to Whispers!
    Your friend,
    David Fox
    P.S, You're welcome to submit more poetry to me if you are willing to pay the $7 fee.

  2. Dear Caryl,

    It's good to see you already have one comment on your timely and thought provoking poem. Welcome to Whispers! I hope you enjoy your time spent with us. Best wishes with all your writing endeavors.


  3. tried to tick well written - but couldn't. Great poem

  4. The is a wonderfully written poem. You expressed just what I felt during this traumatizing time period. I loved your message. Great work,


  5. Replies
    1. Hi Caryl...Thank you for sharing your powerful words. Love prevented more violence. A lesson every town & city should learn quickly. Great message. Good wishes, Chris~

  6. Powerful, powerful poem -- thank you, Caryl. warmest regards, Laura M Kaminski

  7. This is a truly relevant, brilliant and gallant piece I am bagging in!!

  8. Very nice, Caryl. Heat-felt and rich with compassion. Thank you for sharing this. Continued blessings!

    -MJ (