Poem - A Bullet Feels No Pain

This is not a political statement. It is just an observation.... I have a young daughter and I'm still feeling the news from Arizona...

It delivers
A crushing blow
Yet it feels
Nothing
It renders
The final verdict
With numbing callousness
It senses
No pain
It knows
No guilt
It experiences
No empathy
Instead
It is lifeless
A tool
Awaiting direction
From the killer
The one who decides
While it sits
Ever silent
Never wavering
Not knowing
Its fate
Or its victim
Or why
It could be anyone
MLK
JFK
A little girl
It cares not
Like a caterpillar
It waits
For transformation
For motion
And then
Impact
Destroying
Dreams
Hopes
Lives
Creating
Fear
Hate
Worry
It lives
A life
Singularly focused
On death
Poised
Then delivering
Death
Of a life
Remorseless
In its travels
Stochastic
Random
Chaotic
In its delivery
The executioner
Without a hood
Without a conscience
Without feeling
Without anything
Resembling humanity
Only inevitable death
Just like life

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ahorseback 5 years ago

Hello my friend , Very nice , Inciteful too! Sadly though , it is the man behind it! But the messege is very well taken. Why does it seem that almost always we collectively shake our heads , and yet it happens again and again. Peace brother....


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Ahorseback... this is not necessarily an anti-gun rant. It's just a look at what happens when it is used... the small bullet and the huge loss... just thinking about it that's all... thanks for understanding...


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motherbeastly 5 years ago from Argyll and Albox

Wow. Thoughtful and right. I found this really moving.


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@motherbeastly - thank you... obviously the Arizona tragedy is on my mind...


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dianeaugust 5 years ago from Tennessee

Wow! You know what the short lines remind me of--the quickness of the bullet--how fast some of the rounds on those guns are--pow--pow--pow. I don't know if you did that intentionally (you probably did) but it works so well and on many levels. And the message--so true. Wonderful! Have a great weekend. da


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Neither bullets nor knives nor clubs nor handy rocks have any regrets when they are used to harm someone one. Only humans are capable of regrets, and as we have seen so many times, some of us are not so human.


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@diane - thank you... yes the short lines mirrored the small bullet and the speed at which it accomplishes it's sole task.

@Will - exactly... thanks for commenting...


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Broken Poet 5 years ago

wow... i don't know what to say..


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Broken Poet - that's all you have to say... that kind of response is very humbling...


Doug Turner Jr. 5 years ago

Such a jarring thought: we create shards of metal that rip through other humans to take their lives. After being saturated with television violence, sometimes it takes real tragedies -- unfortunately -- to understand the harshness of this reality. This poem captured that cruel essence well.


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@doug - thanks man. Yeah we are surrounded by violent images from video games to TV dramas to movies to Afghanistan.... I'm tired of it...


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Dee aka Nonna 5 years ago

Whenever I hear things happening like the tradegy in Arizona my first thought is how horrible. Then my thoughts go to the families...of the victim and of the perp,... the pain of the families ..... I can only say God help them ..... and by the grace of God go I. I just wonder when we, as a people, will learn how to be respectful in our use of weapons. Another thought provoking hub... you never cease to amaze me.


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Dee - thank you again. This incident hit me right in the gut.... My mother and grandmother are in Tucson as we speak so it was close to home... it is the randomness that is scary....


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

We have always been told not to let children play with guns. It appears that we do allow mentally incompetent persons toplay with guns.


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@dahoglund - thank you for commenting. It would appear we have some tightening up to do. I think the words "well-regulated" militia indicate that legal regulation is allowed. Not indiscriminate bans but common-sense rules. But a nut will do what they have to do once they've decided to kill...


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Deerwhisperer 5 years ago from Bradenton, Florida

Point well taken. Guns don't kill, people do.


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Deerwhisperer - I guess this thing can go in different directions but for sure a person makes the decision to take that bullet, put it in the chamber and.......


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duffsmom 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

Very Strong. Good work.


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@duffsmom - thank you for the kind remark...


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BenWritings 5 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

Very true...

The bullet, like the atomic bomb, and so many other creations, was an unnecessary and terribly contrived instrument of death and misery.

It's indeed a sad world, when billions of life-taking tools are mass produced for the masses, to do the bidding of evil.

This was a good piece of writing. Very impacting. Good job.


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Ben - It is a supreme tragedy that so much money and time is spent on death and destruction... yet we cry for the poor and our lot in life. What a sick world....

Thank you...


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SiberianWolf 3 years ago from MidWest

Very nice, Love the originality of this piece... powerful


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The Suburban Poet 3 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@SiberianWolf - Thank you for your kind comment; I'm sorry I took so long to respond.

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