Raking Dead Leaves

there were two multiple shootings 
in the news this past week
one on main street USA
the other at a college 
four dead in one 
one dead one injured 
in the other

multiple target shootings 
are starting to resemble leaves falling in autumn
do we notice as each leaf falls dead on the ground 
or wait until many have died

when do we take up rakes to restore the yard
when the air turns cold and all have fallen?
or wait until denial fails 
and just before banality begins 

it is time now 
for cold-numbed gloveless hands 
to pull the rake back 
and back and back again

corralling leaves 
stacking them like corpses 
in the front yard close to the street
so all can see the dead