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Kate Hudson writes emotional poem about recent shootings

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After the fatal police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile earlier this week, and the killings of five police officers in Dallas Thursday night, actress Kate Hudson has penned a poem expressing her desire for change.

The Almost Famous star posted the poem on her Instagram account Friday, sharing a message of pain and hope. She specifically noted Sterling, Castile, Orlando’s Pulse nightclub massacre, the Dallas shootings, and recent terror attacks around the world.

“These last few months have brought so much sadness. From Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Orlando shooting, Dallas, to terrorist attacks of late Bangladesh, Istanbul, Baghdad, Somalia,” Hudson captioned on her Instagram post. “Everyday there is violence like this reported and not reported. It becomes overwhelming that there could be such hatred and senseless killing. When I can’t make sense of things I just start to write. I don’t usually share my writing but I felt a desire to put this out there. Peace.”

The poem ties together the tragedies with a phrase referencing a bullet. “When the silver drops who wins / Shot in the dark / Why,” she begins, eventually concluding, “We can’t let fear rule / For then we are too responsible for a world so cruel / Fear is who takes the shot in the dark / And we must stop sitting back and watching this silver drop.” 

Hudson is one of many celebrities who have spoken out about the recent tragedies, including Beyoncé, Jay Z, Jennifer Lopez and Lin Manuel-Miranda, and Miguel, among others.