Words cannot express how I feel in this moment.  Standing here with my peers, soon to graduate from a place with so many memories, so many lessons-  what kind of lesson was this?  I was in another room in another building at the same time doing the same things everyone else was just a hundred yards away.  How could I know that while I was just trying to do my thing someone else was just trying to live?  Now here I am in the most unexpected situation.  How can so many people be so quiet, so calm?  Every candle seems like a tiny spark of hope... is it possible to feel proud at a time like this? 

13”x32” Panoramic Print

on display at the XYZ Art Gallery in Blacksburg, Va