Full Stop

Boneyard Brand Mortality ~ Philip Brent

Boneyard Brand Mortality ~ Philip Brent

Another senseless killing in Arizona, though she was on vacation
A nine-year-old being trained to shoot an Uzi is some indication
Not where she came from, but the culture from which she haled
Shooting instructor killed, an accidental bullet, and no one jailed

Perhaps this is the first lesson anyone who wants a gun must learn
That death may always be the outcome, even if you cannot discern
Taught as graphically as possible; simply being told will not suffice
Reality does not register as real, visceral, even told more than twice

Video games, media desensitize us, so many brutally blown away
You become not more aware, but more numb day by bloody day
For children to be inoculated, isolated for mammon is no excuse
Thus, slaying their humanity and empathy turns into child abuse

Yet killing anyone whether you are nine or ninety may do the trick
Hopefully a lesson so strong, that if you see a gun you will be sick
Learn to shoot safely to go out and hunt, if your kill is used to feed
Single shot pistols and automatic weapons we simply do not need

Such guns are meant for killing people, despite sited noble motives
Retaining them will simply bring more memorials, more lit votives
Somebody’s father, mother, maybe somebody’s daughters or sons
You have no personal connection, but are you, yours the next ones

Much tragedy in a case such as this, whether the victim or the shooter
Lives are changed forever by shock and sorrow, death the only suitor
So sad, we daily face such news, deaths by accident, criminal or cop
Tragic, really, because some battle to retain this, when we could stop

Every day in every way, I see many more signs of humanity’s insanity
And I am just one voice crying in the wilderness; what does make me?
Oh, Adam, will you please awaken, so our eternal nightmare may end
Saying this is but our reality, full stop, something we cannot defend


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