After The Shooting

After the shooting came
the 111 emergency calls
police cordoned off
roads near the mosques.

After the shooting police
stopped ambulances at the
cordons while they checked
the shooting had stopped,
no gunmen to be seen.

After the shooting ambulances
were escorted by police
to the mosque, waited for
police to search inside
check for lurking gunmen.

After the shooting …
a river of blood
flowed down the steps
from the mosque
to the parking area.

After the shooting those
ambulance officers still see
that river of blood which
flowed on as they stepped
over dead bodies, lifted
the injured on to stretchers
rushed them to hospital.

After the shooting
they keep on seeing
a river of blood.

After The Shooting