“Think of a word as a pendulum instead of a fixed entity.” Rita Mae Brown
“Shot” the TV said
and the word shot through me
that a person had taken
some words. Gave them meaning
of his own creation, cultural
in rooms of paranoia
making up his mind, alone
pushing the dominos
leaving 6 dead, shot.
Lives run out early, shot.
Mistook his action
as a calling, spent it shot through.
When others finally stopped him.
Many reluctant heroes, services
That might have stopped him,
Budgets shot. A little eight
year old girl’s chances for service,
shot. Gun control
in the political arena, shot.
A police chief fires a salvo
For less angry dialogues on TV, shot.
Politicians and their staffs fearing their
Constituents, safety shot. Words shooting
through us all. Free speech with
responsibility, shot down and bleeding