death rituals (those crazy Americans and their guns)

why does this
choosing your own death
demand you take more

with you

you are no pharaoh

and there is no sun god
I know of
that still craves
the blood
of those innocents

to appease
with these lives
leaving work
buying food
picking up dry cleaning
standing in line

do you sacrifice them
to a hungry god
or just
your ego

one bullet
is all you need
to do this right

let me show you

yes.  I know.  I know.
guns do not kill people
people kill people.

so give us rocks
instead of bullets.

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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26 Responses to death rituals (those crazy Americans and their guns)

  1. boomiebol says:

    You said it Susan!!!

  2. Ian Moone says:

    I am not sure the rock thing works, some people like it more when It takes longer,er if you know what I mean

  3. davidtrudel says:

    I guess it’s the “misery loves company” impulse along with the pent up rage and fear that seems to be part of the zeitgeist.

  4. Dark and to the point. I like it.

  5. nelle says:

    ‘…or just your ego’. Perfect.

  6. The Enfant Terrible says:

    Excellent! This goes back to our conversation about the right to take others down with you. End gun violence!

  7. George Ellington says:

    An argument I have made again and again. In utter futility. Yet it still needs to be made.

  8. Patricia chenayi Nyandoro says:

    Well said Susan! Thank you!

  9. dannypereyra says:

    Was touched by this poem, Susan. Greatly put.

  10. Deborah Avila says:

    The terror is worse than the death.

  11. Jeremy Nathan Marks says:

    This reminds me of a monologue at the end of the movie “Synecdoche, New York.”

    The scene I am referring to is from 1:53:00 to 1:55:00

    I think a lot of this has to do with existential doubts. Guns seem to put doubt in their sites.

  12. doncarroll says:

    i hear you on this one. i’m not a fan of them either.

  13. Very poignantly written, Susan.

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