#uportland
STUDENTS!!!! Get your tickets to Anchors Away at any Bon Appetit location. It’s going to be an awesome end of the year event for the whole UP community: BBQ on the bluff with live music from Brownish Black, beer garden with $2 beers for 21+, photo booth, and tons of fun! Don’t miss out. #uportland #universityofportland (at University of Portland)

STUDENTS!!!! Get your tickets to Anchors Away at any Bon Appetit location. It’s going to be an awesome end of the year event for the whole UP community: BBQ on the bluff with live music from Brownish Black, beer garden with $2 beers for 21+, photo booth, and tons of fun! Don’t miss out. #uportland #universityofportland (at University of Portland)

A Poem for Mister Carlos Arredondo, of Boston

By Brian Doyle

 

One of the quiet things that happens to you when you are a writer,

Or purport to be, or are considered to be, even though all you ever

Did was just keep typing, is that when something sad or terrifying

Happens, people say, Are you going to write about it? And mostly

The answer is no, because you have no wisdom, you have nothing

Incisive or wry or wise to say – you are just a guy who types a lot.

And I haven’t the slightest urge to add to the ocean of bloody rage

Or vengeful prose or religious muck. But after three of my friends

Were roasted to ash on September 11, I couldn’t stop typing about

The men who ran up the stairs to help, and after Newtown I could

Not stop writing about the two women who dove at the murderer,

And now after Boston I can’t stop seeing the runners who ran right

By the finish line to the hospital to give blood, and the people who

Raced toward the blast, and the man whose son died in Najaf, Iraq.

Let me tell you about this man. His son was a Marine corporal. He

Was twenty years old, this kid. After he died his dad drove around

America with a coffin filled with his son’s favorite stuff: his soccer

Ball, his battle boots, his dog tags, his church shoes, his teddy bear.

His dad says wars are stupid and we don’t fight against war enough.

He moved to Boston, to be near his son’s grave. Every year he goes

To the marathon to help out with first aid. When the bomb blew, he

Ran toward the blast and saved a guy. He is who we are at our best.

Murder is an old tired story. It converts and convinces no one. Why

Murderers are so damned stupid is a mystery to me. There’s always

Women diving at the murderer, and guys running right at the blasts.

Do murderers not pay any attention? Hey, you kids plotting the next

Bomb, do you think people will pay more attention to whatever your

Ostensible reason is, if you tear their son to shreds with flying nails?

You think people will stop and say hey maybe those murderers have

A point? You idiotic fools. Every nail you fire is a nail in the coffin

Of the thing you claim to love, the thing you claim is holy, the thing

You just damaged and maybe even ruined. Do you guys not pay any

Attention to history? Here’s your lesson for today: Osama bin Laden

Wanted to elevate the faith he claimed to love, more than anyone for

A thousand years since it began – but he caused it more damage than

Anyone in a thousand years. His whole life was a joke and a criminal

Attack not only on innocents but on the religion he claimed he loved.

Do you guys not get it? What, you still want to do something savage?

I got an idea: set yourselves on fire. Take your time. We’ll consider it

A brave sacrifice. We’ll consider that the right victims died, for once.

 

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Brian Doyle is editor of the University of Portland’s Portland Magazine and author of several books, including The Plover, which was released in April 2014.

 

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Hundreds of UP students gathered for a candelight vigil to pray for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.

Hallelujah, He is risen!!! Happy Easter from UP! #easter #hallelujah #uportland #universityofportland (at University of Portland)

Hallelujah, He is risen!!! Happy Easter from UP! #easter #hallelujah #uportland #universityofportland (at University of Portland)

Sam Jam 2014!!! Many thanks to @sambridgman5, the @portlandpilots student-athletes, and the Portland WheelBlazers for a fun game for a great cause! #cureFA #fara #FindACure  (at University of Portland)

Sam Jam 2014!!! Many thanks to @sambridgman5, the @portlandpilots student-athletes, and the Portland WheelBlazers for a fun game for a great cause! #cureFA #fara #FindACure (at University of Portland)

Total lunar eclipse tonight!!! The eclipse will begin at 10:58pm, be full from 12am-1:30am, and end at 2:33am. Here’s hoping for no clouds tonight! #uportland #universityofportland #moon #eclipse #pdx (at University of Portland)

Total lunar eclipse tonight!!! The eclipse will begin at 10:58pm, be full from 12am-1:30am, and end at 2:33am. Here’s hoping for no clouds tonight! #uportland #universityofportland #moon #eclipse #pdx (at University of Portland)

Well, I’m in my dorm room and ready to call it a night. Thanks for letting my take over the UP Instagram today! I loved meeting so many of you around campus. Go Pilots! #puppyUP #puppytakeover #universityofportland #uportland #puppygram

Well, I’m in my dorm room and ready to call it a night. Thanks for letting my take over the UP Instagram today! I loved meeting so many of you around campus. Go Pilots! #puppyUP #puppytakeover #universityofportland #uportland #puppygram

#tbt to earlier today. It was such a beautiful day for catching some rays! #puppyUP #puppytakeover #uportland #universityofportland #puppygram

#tbt to earlier today. It was such a beautiful day for catching some rays! #puppyUP #puppytakeover #uportland #universityofportland #puppygram

Back to the Library for a bit more studying… College life ain’t easy! #puppyUP #puppytakeover #uportland #universityofportland #puppy #puppygram

Back to the Library for a bit more studying… College life ain’t easy! #puppyUP #puppytakeover #uportland #universityofportland #puppy #puppygram

Dr. Adams was talking about which stocks to invest in at the Franz Trading Room. I told him I’m heavily invested in squeeze toys. #puppyUP #puppytakeover #uportland #universityofportland #puppy #puppygram

Dr. Adams was talking about which stocks to invest in at the Franz Trading Room. I told him I’m heavily invested in squeeze toys. #puppyUP #puppytakeover #uportland #universityofportland #puppy #puppygram

Time for class! Dr. Fletcher is my favorite teacher. Can you find me? #puppyUP #puppytakeover #uportland #universityofportland #puppy #puppygram  (at University of Portland)

Time for class! Dr. Fletcher is my favorite teacher. Can you find me? #puppyUP #puppytakeover #uportland #universityofportland #puppy #puppygram (at University of Portland)