You needed me
Don’t get it twisted
This jumped-up General
Thinks I’m enlisted
You drafted me
For your war
But I’m no soldier
I’m so. much. more.
When I fight
It’s with word
Bombs of truth
I can end your world
With strikes of keys
Attack me again
You’ll be on your knees
Lucky for you, I’m a pacifist.
Cities on fire,
Sliding into the sea.
From Killing spree.
Forests catch flame.
Humans to blame.
Cars take aim.
Hate makes claim.
To every place your attention settles,
The world will so finely, kindly remind–
No matter where you travel,
Your searching eyes will Chaos find.
Fraught, taut, distraught.
Homes blown apart.
Bombed-out, cut-up heart.
Crumpled on the ground,
Freedom is downed.
With absolute certainty,
One thing I know,
Resilience from tragedy
Is something you grow.
Plant your feet.
Shout from the street.
Pull down the sheet.
Bring love where hate and evil meet.
If your crops are burnt?
If your shores are black?
If your bodies are dying?
We can’t go back.
We can only move forward with knowledge and the rejection of evil. We can no longer passively ignore the bullies of the world. To stay silent is to participate.
Never raped; never robbed.
Never threatened, molested, accosted or mobbed.
Never needed a gun.
The only man to ever abuse me
Was my dad who always accused me
He owned 2 guns.
So if you ask me, “Do you want a gun?”
I would say, “No. Why would I need one?”
I’m beginning to wonder though.
If everyone who needs a gun
Buys a pistol. Rifle. AR-15. Grenade-lobbing launcher…
How will I protect my body? My daughter’s body?! My rights?
My right to exist.
How will I defend myself against those who have an entire arsenal at their disposal?
Do I want to live in a country
where I am required to arm myself
against those who would hunt me?
(Because they are paranoid
that the world is coming for:
and most importantly,
No more alabaster cities that gleam,
We’d be no better than 3rd-world regime.
The kind that grabs power by force.
The kind that keeps boots on the necks of the poor.
The kind that muzzles our boisterous press.
The kind that punishes peaceful protest.
The kind that installs corrupt institution.
The kind that criminalizes sacrosanct Constitution.
I don’t want to live with that.
I don’t want to die with that either.
I will never need a gun.
Never needed a passport either…