Susan Marie Molloy

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Somewhere Over That Rainbow


People. Human beings. Individuals with families, friends, jobs, hobbies, talents . . . people.

We have so become conditioned these past fifty years or so to split up, judge, categorize, label, and place people in pretty, well-ordered little boxes that we no longer seem to be able to see the deeper, fuller picture of people and events – any events – for what they truly are, but rather, to have a naïve and unsophisticated view of the world because we have this compulsion to stick a simple label wherever it can stick.

Sunday morning at Pulse in Orlando, Florida. Mass murder. Terrorism. And yet all we can focus on in social media is “gays in a gay bar.”

Where are all the American flags; the red, white, and blue profile picture all over social media? Where is the outrage of a mass murder in a place where fun was supposed to reign for the evening?

All I see are rainbows and half-hearted promises for prayers and solidarity. We’re with you, Orlando.

Copy, paste, and post a pretty little rainbow meme.

There. We’ve done our part.

Copy, paste, and post.

Yet, somewhere, over that rainbow is reality – the reality of nearly fifty human beings that were more than “gay.” They were people with families, friends, jobs, hobbies, talents, senses of humor, deep thinkers, comics, educated, et cetera, who were murdered. These people were more than gay, lesbian, drag queens, whatever. They were people.

Copy, paste, and post. . . . . .

And then, what happens? We have this anger for a few days at best, and then we forget and move along to the more mundane and self-centered parts of our lives.

Until it happens again.

And again.

And again.

And . . . .

©Susan Marie Molloy, and all works within.


Author: Susan Marie Molloy

Hi, and welcome to my blog. I am a published writer, poet, photographer, freelance editor, artist, and career analyst. Growing up in a bilingual family helped me foster my love of languages. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science, a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, and Master of Arts in History. My short stories, poetry, and photographs have been published in the Emerald Coast Review (18th and 19th editions), newspapers, and in many other publications. I enjoy Pre-Code films, photography, music, travelling, history, reading, and living each day to the fullest in The Oasis. My publications include Engaged (an anthology of my poems), The Crowd of Turin, God of the Sea: A Short Book of Poetry by the Seashore, Grapes Suzette and Other Poetic Epicurean Delights, Gallery Night, Indigo Fantasy, The Green Gloves, Puppy Love, Supreme Theater, and others. I am currently working on an anthology of my short stories, including a roman à clef tale, and am in collaboration with another artist in writing a novel. My books are available through Amazon. Check them out. Buy them. Read them. Send me your thoughts. I look forward to hearing from you.

9 thoughts on “Somewhere Over That Rainbow

  1. Susan, Thank you for this post which expresses so clearly how we must see and respond to what happened. It IS writ larger, in our souls, we have to see it for what it is: an assault on our humanity. Political rhetoric from both parties further demonstrates that we need a conversation from the ground up that connects us heart to heart and the leadership we seek must be within each of us. SF

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    • Thank you for understanding my thoughts on this whole thing. I agree with your viewpoint. Once we all get on the same page — or at least in the same chapter — this world can head towards a positive and more peaceful path. 🙂


  2. Reblogged this on Susan Feathers and commented:
    Read Susan Marie Molloy’s blog for its clarity and direction.

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  3. As always you have gotten to the meat of the issue. I am very fortunate to have a ring side seat at your process. It makes me a better human.

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  4. I don’t know if you read my post, being at the epicenter, I’m seeing this in a different light. But I know in a few days…no matter how dramatic it seems now….society will walk on past. Pulse was NOT a gay bar. It was an Orlando Night Club like dozens of others, that a variety of people frequent. We have a huge number of LGBT people in Orlando and it could have been any bar. It could have been Disney Springs.


    • Yes, the massacre could have been anywhere…..a theme park, a church, a synagogue, a shopping center, a café, on any street corner, in any hospital — anywhere. I noticed that the owner of Pulse Orlando describes her establishment as “. . . a place of love and acceptance for the LGBTQ community.” I should have been more specific when I brought up this place of the massacre – not a gay bar, but, rather, a LGBTQ bar with drag shows extending a sociability towards people of various sexual persuasions. And that’s neither here nor there insofar as my blog here goes. Live and let live. However, the main crux of my blog is to ask why is there always such a rush to focus on labeling, categorizing, and pigeon-holing people? This was a grievous attack on humankind – not just the LGBTQ population. Let’s focus on and acknowledge the much more important fact, please, that we all are quarries – and like it or not, that inclusive message has been telegraphed towards us for decades. To break down people into neat little slots and label them is to diminish our humanity.


      • There are no drag shows at Pulse. It is not a gay entertainment venue. It’s just another night club in the area. But that really doesn’t matter in the greater scope of thing. As you said, it could have happened anywhere. It is a tragedy we all have to come to terms with the best way we know how.