I’m trying to play Barbie wedding and the only
dolls I have are loaded guns
I arrange them carefully to stand next to each other
as if they’re ready to exchange vows
I pin a veil on one, a corsage on the other
I keep pretending this is good enough when
all I know is Barbie doesn’t have bullets inside her
and Ken doesn’t need a license to be carried
what else can I do but try when I want to imagine
and all I have are weapons?
Gun Violence [Poets Reading the News]
Star LaBranche was born in Washington State many years ago to a Navy family. Graduating with a bachelor’s in English at Mary Baldwin College, now University, she current works at and attends ECPI University in Virginia Beach, VA. Her favorite writing companion is her cat, Happy Cat.
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