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The wall hanger.........poem

Updated on May 5, 2014

Just an old black powder musket rifle
from decades gone by
It hangs there above the mantle
and everyone wonders why

The long curvaceous lines of black walnut
and brass colored metal
The blued steel barrel octagon slightly rusting
around the muzzle

Yet I hardly even see it anymore
it's just there
It's been said "how ironic for
the man of peace and loving care"

To have a weapon of such destruction
hanging there for all to see
Yet the only meaning of it there
is a reminder to me

As kind and generous as I may seem
once this wasn't true
Once I only thought of myself
and tasted the steel of blue

All I had to do was twitch one finger
on the set triggers of blue
And take my own life from this
earth and from you

But I saw a reflection across the room
of a pitiful selfish man
No - I could never hurt those who do love
this fool of a man

That's just why the musket hangs there still
for me now no danger
One instrument of suicide has become a useless
wall hanger

@ I tried to write here a note of explanation , I guess it really needs no explanation . except I wouldn't want anyone to ever even consider this setting ! If suicide is anything you even think about ,except in your entirely poetic imagination , call a friend ,call a hotline , call a hubber , call me ! But don't ever , ever consider suicide . Someone needs you , someone loves you ! And many ,many people would hurt if you , IF YOU ! were not among us anymore ........


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      ahorseback 3 years ago

      #Vickiw, Thank you kind lady ! .......Its a dark time for anyone I'm sure !..:-}

      #James , Thank sir ! Means a lot !

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      beautiful and so profound.Thanks for the note.It may help many desperated souls.

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      Vickiw 3 years ago

      Great poem, from the heart, and what a good idea to add the note at the end. Thank you for that, and glad you have discovered how important we are, to others and this life.