Today, my world is shaken.
Shots fired, police presence, evacuation.
Gunman still at large.
I think to myself, I pray for safety.
This place is so safe, now so shaken.
It’s blue laws,
And bridge and tunnel trips, forty five minutes for ten miles.
Rockland cars with their blue lisence plates choking up 17 to fill up.
Movies and frozen yogurt on Saturday nights.
I am born and raised,
All within minutes.
Tonight, as we pray, we hope, and we wonder-
I am scared, thankful, and so proud.
North Jersey, Bergen County, so close to Manhattan, so strong.
This is my home,
I am, was, and always,