Tragedy

Behind The Poem That So Powerfully Captures Parenting In Times Of Tragedy

As news of the devastating concert attack in Manchester broke, people around the world turned to social media to share words of sorrow, fear and hope.

“Life is short, though I keep this from my children,” the powerful poem begins.

“Good Bones” first went viral on social media last June following the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando and murder of British parliamentarian Jo Cox in the U.K. After the 2016 presidential election, the poem made the online rounds again with posts from celebrities like Alyssa Milano and Megan Mullally.

Smith lives in Ohio and has a 4-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter. “I wrote the poem in 2015, thinking about how to spare my children from the harsher parts of the world, at least while they’re so young, without lying to them about it,” she told HuffPost. “How do we stay honest and also stay hopeful? Sometimes it’s hard enough to be optimistic, let alone project optimism to others.”

Watching her poem’s rise to internet fame has been an interesting experience for Smith. “I was…