Monday, January 10, 2011
An Arizona Elegy
Las Piedras del Cielo
16"x20" oil on linen 2010
"I call on Americans to observe a moment of silence to honor the innocent victims of the senseless tragedy in Tucson, Ariz., including those still fighting for their lives. It will be a time for us to come together as a nation in prayer or reflection, keeping the victims and their families closely at heart."
- President Barack Obama
Sometimes a still wind is more powerful than a gale. Sometimes silence is more powerful than taunts. Sometimes peace is more powerful than battle.
I present this simple image of a figure at the Canyon's edge in Arizona as my moment of silence today as I mourn the victims of Saturday's violence in Arizona.
For those who perished I stop in silence. I give thanks for the lives they led and the people they touched.
- U.S. District Judge John Roll, 63.
- Gabe Zimmerman, 30, Giffords' director of community outreach.
- Dorwin Stoddard, 76, a pastor at Mountain Ave. Church of Christ.
- Christina Greene, 9, a student at Mesa Verde Elementary.
- Dorthy Murray, 76.
- Phyllis Scheck, 79.
And for those who were wounded I stop in silence. My thoughts go out to Representative Gabrielle Giffords and the other wounded as they struggle for life.