and the mayor says
Instead of jobs, health facilities, trauma centers and schools,
let’s invest in the National Guard. We’ll reallocate funds and lock down
the blocks that are most affected.
When Blaire Hope was shot on the bus everybody
wanted to meet, march and rally. It wasn’t working
for the young people. That’s where it started. He was the first.
He was 16 and he was the first.
and the sergeant says
They get them at the gun shows in Indiana. ATF is doing everything
they can but until Congress regulates, it all roles downhill.
With all do respect to you, Ma’am, this neighborhood is downhill.
Her memorial is a stack of stolen breath.
There are stories behind each one of the stones.
They are built to remember. Last year, it was 374 bricks.
Then she ran out of space in the yard. She’s trying.
and the neighbor says
That girl Just another one. I know she was somebody’s daughter. She was
somebody’s Lil Snoop too. Ain’t no stones in Tookaville. That bean downtown
to me look like a silver bullet and here you can get a gun easy as a pack of gum.
She is keeping count and trying to find space for 470 more.
Each brick has a name. It is written in hard ink after every fallen
child. Their names cover us like hydrant water in August, taken
from the city’s earth and stretched red and warm across the avenue.
Dan “Sully” Sullivan is a Chicago native and an MFA candidate at Indiana University. His book, The Blue Line Home, is available on EM press.