To Save or To Harm

Doe eyed

That’s how they describe her


Now they are wide with fear


He tenses

His muscles once flaunted

Not now

They can’t stop a bullet


A pause

Silence before the storm


Can’t we protect ourselves


They say

We hid in darkness


Quiet as death approaches


We wait

We scream

Bullets ring

And we die


But rules can change

To save or to harm

To take or to arm

To train or to die


What if

We hid in darkness


Determined to live


We wait

Bodies tensed, breaths stilted


Our guns protect us


They come

They see our guns

They flee

Our job done


They kill

Law broken already


And we blame the weapon


We scream

Where is our justice


Why do we die in vain


Poetry Slam: 
This poem is about: 
My community
My country
Our world


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