Coward

Day 15 “first draft” for NaPoWriMo 2013
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Coward

on the senseless Boston Marathon bombing

coward
to kill this way
anonymously
cold as a viper’s stare

what could have happened
for you to lose your heart
to forfeit your soul
to abandon your humanity
so completely

human life as arbitrary
as landfall of a wind-blown leaf
the victims of your faceless rage
as random as that leaf

you shock us
you repulse us
but you will not
frighten us

you will not hold us captive
we will live our lives
with even more passion
we outnumber you

today we were a new parent
a lost friend found
a healer
a teacher
a laugh over dinner
an overdue book returned
an overdue dream realized

and what were you
a coward

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rob kistner © 2013

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