Careful we have to be
: Opening the door
, Getting our wallets
, Playing in a park
, Switching lanes
, Sitting in our own home
, Standing in our own backyard
, Sleeping in our own bed
Can be fatal
. Oops
! Ask? There is no ask
. Try? There is no try
. There is only shoot
And strangle
. Oops
! Accidental slaughter
Is an epidemic
In the Abattoir 
And on the Rez

From All the Rage (Nightboat Books, 2021) by Rosamond S. King. Copyright © 2021 by Rosamond S. King. Used with the permission of the author.