Remembering The Victims Of Homophobia, Pulse LGBTQ Nightclub, Orlando, June 12, 2016

"Victims’ Names of the Pulse LGBTQ Nightclub Tragedy, Orlando, Florida, June 12, 2016"
"Victims’ Names of the Pulse LGBTQ Nightclub Tragedy, Orlando, Florida, June 12, 2016"

Days after June 12, 2016, when homophobia, a shooter, and a gun killed 49 people during the “Latin Night” at the Pulse LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando, Florida, many folks were able to write about the massacre.  I was not.  My sadness and anger paralyzed my imagination.  And once again, my thoughts of leaving this world took control of my mind.  I told myself that I would write about the tragedy when the time was right.  Today is July 12, 2016, the one month anniversary of the horror that homophobia unleashed on 49 innocent lives who just wanted to listen to music, dance, and have fun.  Today is the right time for me to use language to remember the martyrs of Pulse Orlando!  So, I wrote this poem, “Remembering the Victims of Homophobia, Pulse LGBTQ Nightclub, Orlando, June 12, 2016”:


Remembering the Victims of Homophobia,

Pulse LGBTQ Nightclub, Orlando, June 12, 2016


I wasted days trying to write a poem

            Then I realized that sometimes poetry just won’t do

                        Then the poem wrote itself:


Stanley Almodovar III, 23 years old

Amanda Alvear, 25 years old

Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26 years old

Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33 years old

Antonio Davon Brown, 29 years old

Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 years old

Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28 years old

Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25 years old

Luis Daniel Conde, 39 years old

Cory James Connell, 21 years old

Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 years old

Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 years old

Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31 years old

Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 years old

Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 years old

Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 years old

Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 years old

Paul Terrell Henry, 41 years old

Frank Hernandez, 27 years old

Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 years old

Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40 years old

Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 years old

Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 years old

Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25 years old

Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32 years old

Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 years old

Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49 years old

Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25 years old

Kimberly Morris, 37 years old

Akyra Monet Murray, 18 years old

Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 years old

Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25 years old

Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 years old

Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 years old

Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 years old

Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 years old

Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27 years old

Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35 years old

Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24 years old

Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24 years old

Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 years old

Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 years old

Martin Benitez Torres, 33 years old

Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24 years old

Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37 years old

Luis S. Vielma, 22 years old

Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50 years old

Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 years old

Jerald Arthur Wright, 31 years old