Avoiding Crisis

blacksburg, virgina

with 4 comments

motive a mystery

shock, fear and confusion


33 dead, 29 injured

students tell of terror

of horror

of carnage

two jumped out of window

to escape

profound sorrow

there are no words

to describe

deadly shooting

mass chaos

unimaginable horror

sidewalks stained

with blood


time suspended

for now

we pray


Written by nicolemarie

April 16, 2007 at 9:08 pm

Posted in virginia tech

4 Responses

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  1. Simply awful isn’t it?


    April 17, 2007 at 10:06 am

  2. There is nothing intrinsic, of course, to Blacksburg that makes it a magnet for violent rampages. The sad thing is, the vulnerability is everywhere. I recommend reading a book called Violence by James Gilligan to better understand the reasons we live in a society awash in testosterone-fueled brutality.


    April 17, 2007 at 1:22 pm

  3. Rhea, while Gilligan’s book is excellent and the bulk of violence in societies is perpetrated by men, the Virginia Tech tragedy had little to do with testosterone by rather by severe depression.


    April 17, 2007 at 6:51 pm

  4. i noticed that on a handful of feminist blogs the talk has been about this whole shooting as being a misogynistic act. Please…can’t we just say what it really is – a terrible, terrible event that was caused by someone who was obviously very disturbed. Whether or not his rage was fueled by testosterone or for a hatred of women, i feel, is just not the point nor should be the focus of a discussion about the shooting. Maybe in a few months when people want to start hypothesizing as to why this happened and psychoanalyzing the entire situation, then maybe we can start to discuss misogyny and testosterone, but today, let’s just think about the victims and their families and leave the blame for another day. but that’s just what I think.


    April 17, 2007 at 10:30 pm

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