Poetic Wednesday

  • BANG!

    Consequences

    the balance of one’s life

    their alpha and their omega 

    shattered between the 

    silence of pre-meditated thought

    and five pounds of pressure

    BANG!

    Consequences

    lives shattered between the silence of humanitarian love

    and the megaphone of displaced hate

    disrupting the balance

    like a stillborn life that never gets a chance to smile

    or 

    like a baby’s first cry before the umbilical cord is cut

    BANG!

    Consequences

    that moment when aluminum, steel or even plastic

    composed of four groups

    all lined up

    like children waiting against the wall 

    for instructions from their teacher for recess or lunch

    or to make the next headline news

    yes that moment when 

    the frame group

    the cylinder, extractor, and the crane group

    the barrel and the sight group

    the trigger, timing hand, and hammer group

    CLICK CLICK

    BANG!

    Consequences

    intended to steal, kill and destroy

    the life of another 

    to shatter a family

    to stunt a legacy

    to dismantle a community

    to etch an indelible memory in the storybook of America

    BANG!

    Consequences

    the balance of life is interrupted y’all 

    unless

    unless

    unless

    the moment

    before 

    CLICK CLICK BANG!

    becomes

    a step back moment

    a humanity matters moment

    a reconsideration of applying the pressure moment 

    a lifting of the finger from the trigger moment

    to preserve 

    and not destroy 

    the balance of life

    ……….

    This poem was inspired at the June 2018 Poetry Writing Group Meeting; we were tasked with thinking of something we valued (I chose “balance”) and something in the headline news that we could use the value chosen to speak to, to give life to.  (I decided to use the balance of life to speak to gun violence in schools.)

    Written by Angela Riddick. Copyright 2018 Poetic Mustard Seeds

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