When the police killed—
there are too many names—
none of the bullets
turned me into collateral damage.
As a white man I do not fear police actions.
I fear the unintended consequence of police actions.
For each young man gunned down
with too many shots fired,
how many of those shots flew wide or high
and thudded into buildings
or crashed through windows
or careened recklessly down alleys and streets?
New Mexico is an open carry state.
So many untrained gun handlers boldly packing.
So much heat on a blistering patriotic July day
where tempers simmer and easily boil over.
copyright © 2019 Kenneth P. Gurney