Breath vs Bullets
by James Coburn
Children breathe against a gunman
their only defense.
We breathe facing weapons —
free to exhale smoke
from pierced lungs.
A gun is free to end children’s lives
because killers breathe.
Our children die in schools
taking their last breaths.
We breathe so guns will be safe.
We breathe to protect bullets.
We breathe so guns will survive.
Florida Congressman says,
“Killers will always find a gun.”
Children take their last breath,
panting their only defense
Mothers hold their breath;
fathers breathe the pain.
Friends walk alone
or stay home,
in the silence
we do nothing to stop it
as shells fall
and murderers hunt at our feet
opening doors as bullets
hiss free with breath.
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