The new poem for Day 63 will be released later this afternoon. In the meantime, we revisit a poem that is as prescient as ever, given events of the past week. Stay tuned.
Thoughts & Prayers This is for the gun gods the My AR-15 weighs a ton gods the doesn’t matter what you did you’ll still get done gods the church mass massacre calling home the nun gods the draw in the raffle see what weapon you’ve won gods the pop the kid with the plastic pistol playground fun gods the if you’re white it’s alright, if you’re black better reach for the sun gods the stop!-I’ll-shoot-you-in-the-back-if-you-run gods the guns got safeties and you got none gods the present is dystopian w/o the future’s set your phasers on stun gods you have not yet spilled enough blood & there is more to spill you have not yet spilled enough blood & there is more to spill we beseech you, grant us gats for teachers & straps for preachers toolies for tots & toasters for teens glocks for girls & biscuits for boys we need burners & heaters heat & street sweepers a piece for peace of mind a problem solver for algebra time grant us the weapons we need for elementaries & junior highs movie theatres & senior highs for night clubs & churches for shopping malls & other houses of worships for concerts & pool parties & county fairs & baseball practice fields we have not yet spilled enough blood & there is more to spill we have not yet spilled enough blood & there is more to spill our arms dealer who art in heaven hollow points be your game your amendment come, your will be done in schools as it is in cinemas give us this day our daily clips and forgive us our friendly fire as we forgive those who fire against us and lead us not into gun regulation and deliver us from safety for thine is the gun show and the power and the gory forever and ever bang bang
©David Siller – 2018 ; 2021
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