We grow guns.
We place them in the hands of Americans and say,
The inevitable senseless violence that follows
is succeeded by senseless silence.
But never do we shed a tear
for that which could have been prevented.
Do guns kill people?
"No. People kill People."
A finger pulls the trigger.
A brain commands it to do so.
Yet the bullet ejected is what steals the breath,
the rhythmic beating of the chest.
Not the finger.
Not the brain.
Not the person.
Not the gun.
All actors in the tragedy, the farce, the drama:
Yet the bullet brings the curtain down.