4.18.2007

One of us, as were they all

Jamie Bishop, son of author Michael Bishop, is among the dead in Virginia.


As powerful as words are, as much as they can do, they fail me now.


This is the unbearable which must be borne.

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

It doesn't really matter how or if these young kids and admirable professors are related to the writing world. For all we know, each of them had the potential to do anything, and now that potential is lost. Gone, for no good reason at all. Each of them was loved, each will be missed, and each should be mourned.

This tragedy was shocking and senseless, and my heart goes out to the families and friends of everyone affected by this disaster. I cannot even fathom what the killer's parents are going through.

I hope that everyone will be able to heal (in all senses of the word), however long it may take.

~Em~ said...

Those families must be going through hell right now.

ORION said...

I am so sorry for all the families that have been affected by this tragedy. The world is so senseless at times.

Anonymous said...

It's on the news here in Australia continually - I'm listening to it from another room now - what's to say but thinking of you.

Rebecca F. said...

Well, I understand your reaction, Miss Snark.

It is a horrible thing. When someone you can identify with (or possibly know personally?) is involved, it affects even more deeply.

Yes, anonymous poster # 1, every death in VA is a tragedy. Absolutely. Not knowing the victims makes it easier to distance yourself from them though. But maybe Miss Snark knew the family in a professional or personal way. That makes is so much harder to deal with. So much harder to comprehend.

Jim C. Hines said...

Jamie Bishop did the cover art for a friend's short fiction collection.

He has a portfolio at his web site: http://www.memory39.com/ I've looked through it a lot over the past few days.

Judy Merrill Larsen said...

You're right, words fail. Seeing all the pictures, hearing the "profiles" of those killed. It's just heartbreaking.

Heather Janes said...

I personally have no connection to the Bishops but rather, for me, hearing that a writer's son was among those killed put a bit more of a face on the shooting victims.

My heart goes out to all the families who lost loved ones.

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

Hearing about the victims, just breaks my heart.

The professor (who survived the Holocaust) killed while trying to save his students, the triple-major student in the marching band who wanted to be a neurosurgeon, etc. I just can't wrap my head around it. Very sad.

Jena said...

Michael was a guest of honor at a conference our magazine sponsored, and is the sweetest man I ever met. I can't imagine anything worse than losing a child, and thinking of what he and the victims' friends and families are going through makes my heart ache.

Mamalujo said...

What else but the Word
Could know that time of sorrow
And still its voice

Chumplet said...

It boggles the mind that when people broken, they must break so many others while on their path to distruction. Only humans.

Anonymous said...

A friend I've made recently over on LJ knew the Bishops and remembered Jamie as a young kid.

As someone pointed out in her blog, this is not the kind of Six Degrees of separation we all hope for.

I grieve for Jamie's family as much as I grieve for the other victims and their families and even the shooter and his family.

As G'Kar said ""Here, gathered together in common cause. we agree to recognise this singular truth, and this singular rule: That we must be kind to one another, because each voice enriches us and ennobles us, and each voice lost diminishes us. We are the voice of the Universe, the soul of creation, the fire that will light the way to a better future. We are one."

Robin S. said...

We live in Virginia - police were stationed in several schools yesterday in our area - concerned about copycats, etc. I have a daughter in high school who heard several stories yesterday - of families who knew victim's families. We talked about it quite a bit last night while watching local news coverage.

There is nothing but time that can even begin to dim the sheer emptiness and pain these families are feeling. And even that won't really work. I only needed to look in my daughter's eyes last night during our discussion to know that's true.

Just thinking about how it would feel to have to walk into her room if she had been taken away from us like that, I had to walk out of the room we were in because I had tears in my eyes I didn't want her to see.

Anonymous said...

if there are no words for this, then please shut up. please.

now is not the time for pontification.

the pain of the families, the pain of the shooter ... if there are no words, then say nothing.

Kit Whitfield said...

Utter tragedy. I wish I, or anyone, could think of anything to say that could possibly comfort the families of those poor people. Heaven help us all.

Writer on Board said...

just sad, sad...awful.

i said the sparrow said...

Perhaps there is nothing that can be said, but there is something small we can do if we wish.
A memorial fund to help the families of the victims has been established here: http://www.vt.edu/tragedy/memorial_fund.php
My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims' families, and to all who were shaken by this tragedy.
Thank you, Miss Snark, for remembering them here.

Maggie Stiefvater said...

The anonymous poster that tells everyone to shut up if there are no words -- ridiculous. The dead can't speak, but the living left behind can. We talk about this because it's all we can do. Speaking shows that it touched us.

One might note that a characteristic of the shooter was his silence - he didn't speak when spoken too.

Anonymous said...

When I think of the tragedy and the loss, I am overwhelmed and strongly feel the need to Do something.

We can't change what has happened, but each person can work to make their little corner of the world a better place. Evil does not have to win. Every good and kind act you do defeats some evil in the world.

first anonymous said...

rebecca f., you are absolutely right. I'm so sorry if I offended in any way. Miss Snark, my deepest sympathy if you knew anyone directly affected by this tragedy. Sympathy as well to all the parents and families and friends. Eight years ago, Columbine hit very close to home for me, and this must feel the same. All I can say is, I hope you will be okay.

Sheila said...

"Virginia Tech family members across the country have united to declare this Friday, April 20th, an "Orange and Maroon Effect" day to honor those killed in the tragic events on campus Monday, and to show support for Virginia Tech students, faculty, administrators, staff, alumni, and friends. "Orange and Maroon Effect" was born several years ago as an invitation to Tech fans to wear orange and maroon to Virginia Tech athletic events. We invite everyone from all over the country to be a part of the Virginia Tech family this Friday, to wear orange and maroon to support the families of those who were lost, and to support the school and community we all love so much. "

Sanne said...

I might not live in the states, but I'm still shocked and sad beyond words. They weren't Americans: they were people. My heart goes out to all of you.

Rebecca F. said...

That's okay, Anonymous 1. We all deal with things as best as we can at the time.

Thanks for letting me know you saw my comment and all the best to you.

Rebecca F.

Anonymous said...

i don't think we need to have the right words to describe what we all already know in our hearts. i think right now we should all just come together and let the surviving children's laughter remind us how we used to be.

froggy said...

I feel for the families of the victims, and I also feel for the family of the shooter. I can't imagine mourning a son whose faculties completetely broke down in such a horrific and public way. To lose one's child must be horrible, to lose one's child in that way, I can't even imagine. In the middle of mourning, having every major news outlet question every parenting decision they ever made.

Most of us don't know how to deal with mental illness, as is evidenced by this whole awful situation.

My heart goes out to all of them.