What can be more dangerous
THAN THIS VERY MOMENT?
WHO can be more dangerous
in THIS PRESENT MOMENT?
I used to kill insects when I was little,
(still do at times (but I’m working on it))
Once, when I was a teacher, I had to march
10 blocks up a West Orange Township hill,
because of a bomb-threat,
with a beautiful batch of second-graders.
The ones who dawdled the most
would’ve been killed right away
had the bomb exploded,
you know the ones,
shoe untied, flower-finder, outside-lover,
has no idea what a ‘bomb-threat even means second grader…
Only God can make a child such as this,
We’ve hidden in coat racks, utility rooms,
We turned the lights on, then off,
The shades up, then down,
Had the police escort us
through barren hallways or fire doors,
Barricaded ourselves under gym equipment
and cold winter coats,
Turned red in the face from holding our breaths in,
swallowing any sound as harmless as our names.
There are so many guns in America you could line
them up from Puerto Rico to Hawaii.
You could trip over them
and cast the fate of all you love
to sudden-death or abolished blood-lines.
The chances of a deranged killer
being in possession of one of these guns
is extremely high, especially in America.
There is nothing more dangerous than this.
The chances of second-graders cut down
in the middle of a board game, a Science Fair,
a springtime presentation, a poetry event –
is the slaughter of the purest form of innocence
in a loser’s mindplay of contempt.
A person who can kill another
is the most dangerous being on earth.
Last time I checked Hitler still holds the record.
What’s that saying? If Not Now, When?