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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

You can't unlearn it

I wrote the following after listening to a friend speak of this experience...


they're bad,
you're good

target shooting
human figures,
shoot
kill
shoot
skill
shootkillshootskillshootkill

once you learn to kill,
you can't unlearn it.

you will know
always
how to

take

another

life.

you can
never again be
one who
doesn't
know.

pride or shame?

innocence lost,
life lost,
but whose?
yours
or
theirs?

how much of yourself do you lose when you learn to kill another?

did you know the price you'd pay?
did they tell you when they taught you
that every shot put
a hole
in you?

do you feel shattered?
do you feel you numb?


you're good,
they're bad

shoot
kill
shoot
skill
shootkillshootskillshootkill

are you dead enough yet to kill
him,
her,
them?

shoot
kill
shoot
kill
shootkillshootkillshootkill

once you learn to kill,
you can't unlearn it.

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