Dogs 2010

AUTOMATIC GUNFIRE
(3/9/10)


my mother
never provided
a what if
for death
spewing forth
from an overheated
barrel

floods
tornados
strangers
slingshots
sharp objects
electrical outlets
found candy
dark alleys
chemicals
matches
alcohol
drugs
BB guns
pellet guns
and .22 caliber
firearms

yes

M16
G36
AK-47
AK-74
or any other
bizarre
letter number
combinations

no

she
grew up
on a farm
was in elementary school
for World War II
and died a year
before
9/11

her personal
definitions of disaster
were catalogued
on a much more
prosaic shelf

I think
of her now
as I hide
under my desk
and ponder
the next
move