Back Again

She called me at 2 a.m.
asking if I’m okay
a shooting 2 hours away

Just last month I called her,
asking if she was okay,
her city burning
just 2 blocks away

Bernardino to Baltimore
and back again.

two Lives touched
Tragedy too close,
too much,
too measure

Lives taken all together,
all too soon
too often ties bind
Life unbound
by one.