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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