Tears for lives and an ideal lost


Mindlessly meandering down Dodge

Tears flowing like blood oozing from an arterial wound

Lies and lunatics, spiraling out of control

And all decency unmoored, with no captain at the moral helm


Red light gushing blood of victims

My blood, any blood

Jackhammers banging like gunblasts

And all responsibility ignored, “it’s a guy with a gun”


Head hanging on the wheel

Stifling sobs and choking

11 elderly Jews, 2 African Americans, a pipe-bomb dream of drowned diversity

And only “What you see is what you get”


Car dealerships, banks, fast food restaurants

With flags moping at half mast

I grieve for those murdered

And I mourn for the once-moral nation that no longer is that beacon on the hill

About Steve Caplan

I am a Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska where I mentor a group of students, postdoctoral fellows and researchers working on endocytic protein trafficking. My first lablit novel, "Matter Over Mind," is about a biomedical researcher seeking tenure and struggling to overcome the consequences of growing up with a parent suffering from bipolar disorder. Lablit novel #2, "Welcome Home, Sir," published by Anaphora Literary Press, deals with a hypochondriac principal investigator whose service in the army and post-traumatic stress disorder actually prepare him well for academic, but not personal success. Novel #3, "A Degree of Betrayal," is an academic murder mystery. "Saving One" is my most recent novel set at the National Institutes of Health. Now IN PRESS: Today's Curiosity is Tomorrow's Cure: The Case for Basic Biomedical Research (CRC PRESS, 2021). https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/entity/author/B006CSULBW? All views expressed are my own, of course--after all, I hate advertising.
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