Ready! Aim! Fire!
In the Ready! Aim! Fire! of the new
Indignant, open-carry era
(Blood stains on the salient leaves & branches
Of the Tree of Life),
Corinna emphasizes: in protean English
We have a plethora of words
For lethal weapons & course,
Columbine, Sandy Hook &Parkland
Aren’t the three names of coruscating,
Rabbi Lev confesses that he must now post
A chilling sign proclaiming
Firearms aren’t allowed
In synagogue pews
Or anywhere near the Torah scrolls;
Yes, in tabernacles
& doleful churches,
In wailing school parking lots, we cry
We can’t go on living like this
& then we go on living like this:
Deadfall, savage protocol
Splattered all over our classrooms.
Copyright © 2022 by Cyrus Cassells. From The World That the Shooter Left Us (Four Way Books, 2022). Used with permission of the author.