It hit hard like

Fresh cold mountain air

Making me gasp choke

News that wracked me

Like a lynch mob

Making me retreat from

The outside in as

The dust of devastation

Settled in my heart

My mind reeled a

Deep sea lure taken

And run unable to

Pull it back in

The news whatever it

Was then numbed me

And like a criminal

I denied my culpability

It was that bad