A first draft, presented without commentary.

Seeking the Neologism in the Language

Emus, fish, cockroaches, and crows*
already use some good ones
so what do we call a collective of mass shootings?
a calendar of mass shootings?
a clip of mass shootings?
a reload of mass shootings.
an automatic of mass shootings.
a casing of mass shootings.
A mass of mass shootings might be
too on the bull’s-eye
um, on target,
er, on the nose,
so what about
a panoply of mass shootings
a plethora of mass shootings
a veritable cornucopia of mass shootings?
No, I got it,
a United States of Mass Shootings…

no wait, this could work…

I pledge allegiance
to the Gun 
of the Mass(ed) Shootings of America...

*mob, school, intrusion, murder, respectively

©David Siller – 2021


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