It Was Legal

It was legal
to shoot him in self-defense
because he put his hand
on my gun to defend himself
without lethal force
against the gun, I threatened
him with.

About the Poem

Reflections on the differing verdicts for Kyle Rittenhouse and the murderers of Ahmaud Arbery.

About the Author

Jeffrey L. Taylor is a retired Software Engineer. Around 1990, poems started
holding his sleep hostage. He has been published in di-vêrsé-city, California
Quarterly, Texas Poetry Calendar, and Texas Poetry Assignment. He writes on social justice, nature, and the spiritual path.

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