Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Killing Machine (Day 504)

maybe you are a woman
or identify as one
though in these times
it seems unlikely
you may be president
you may be a man/boy/
you may be thinking that
you may be a killing machine 
studying leaves underfoot 
and learning 
to hoot like barn owls 
becoming accustomed 
to the awkwardness of thirst 
to the unrecalled discomfort
of hunger  
memories   of ease   of quiet 
times   when people 
shook hands first and 
said yes   meaning yes 
and not no
if so   write this down:
weapons are a cold-war 
expression   isn’t the key in 
making a world so safe  
that no one needs them

(c) 2018, by Hannah Six 

Original image: U.S. Navy 
Naval Aviation News September 1963

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