At dVerse, we have been asked to write a poem based on or inspired by this quote: “I am cold, even though the heat of early summer is adequate. I am cold because I cannot find my heart.” ~Sebastian Barry from his novel A Long, Long Way


Around the world, we pause
for a moment to be sad
each time we hear of
another act of senseless violence
and after a moment
we allow ourselves
a moment of relief:
glad that “it was someone else”
and just as quickly
forget the moment
and simply move on with our lives
because for most of us
our hearts were frozen long ago.