The Tec-9 is fast and light, proved itself
(our thoughts and prayers are )
The Glock’s another make will do you well:
Red Lake 10, 27 Sandy Hook, 32 V. Tech;
others too I bet—950 more schools
shot up since sunset on that Newton day
(when our thoughts and prayers )
the Pulse nightclub: a Sig Sauer MCX
(for whom our thoughts and prayers).
Shotguns too, of course, sawn-off or not:
10 in Santa Fe on May 18/18—one of ten
that year of thoughtfulness and many prayers.
And then, of course, the AR-15, AK-47,
few better at sending souls to heaven
(along with lots of thoughts and prayers).
Citizens do not “bear arms”; soldiers—perhaps
a “well-regulated Militia” —bear arms, the rest of us
just carry guns and muster grief.
In semi-automatic no-time flat
Tops Market, Buffalo, a Bushmaster XM-15,
a favorite weapon in Iraq, but this time
10 Americans qualified for our ( all that )
Uvalde elementary where
a DDM4 took 21; 19 kids unaware
a boy’s right to buy guns,
bled away their right to life,
and too dead now to care about
our muzzled thoughts and busted prayers.
About the Poem
This is a topical poem about mass shootings in America.
About the Author
Ian Kennedy has published poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. He is retired and lives in Naples, Florida.