Shaeffer’s Notion of Beauty — Pete Mladinic

Bombs turn a building to rubble,
rescuers find
an arm, a leg.

In a mall a maniac fires a rifle,
leaving in his wake
dead children.

Hate manifestos
all over the Internet,
in the world there is danger:

a racist shoots Satyajit Chandra
at a bus stop
and nothing is done.

Still, even now, beauty
is with us.

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Pete Mladinic‘s poems have recently appeared in Neologism, The Mark, Detour Ahead, Ariel Chart and other online journals. He lives with six dogs in Hobbs, New Mexico.