Take Me Out

When people yell at me
their words turn yellow—
a pained shade not close to Midas-gold.

This is the America that celebrated napalm.
I see it burn in the digital afterglow
of online gun sales.

When it exits a wound
blood becomes far more real
than feelings expressed in therapy.

I think of the neighborhood musicians
who somehow create new cords
out of gang violence.

A rat-ta-tat-tat rhythm
to full- and semi-automatic assault weapons
secondarily directed at smart phone documentarians.

I see the fresh dirt in the churchyard cemetery.
It is thick with worms
hungry for pinkish lungs clutching the last breath.

copyright © 2022 Kenneth P. Gurney

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