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June 18, 2016

it is midsummer in the country of grief – Dave Bonta

recognisable
in an instant
the squat stock
the lean barrel
the angle between them

we may forbid
even a water-pistol
but a boy will take a stick
and run amok
shrilling the ricochet

or cock his hand
point two fingers
take aim and fire
fire and fire again
a frenzy of killing

most grow out of it

 

I wrote this today in sorrow for the death of Jo Cox.

With thanks to Beau for sending me a link to Cathy DeForest’s Vision Quilt project against gun violence.

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