Journalism in Verse – EST. 2016

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Whiteness

in Gun Violence/U.S. by

—is fully
automatic

—is a pistol god
scamming for safety

—is a wilting
plant cocked
in the corner

—is a concealed
structural crack

—offers whiplash
apologies

—is a scattershot
chandelier

—is a fireproof house
in a blazing town

—is a stained
cathedral

—pulls a trigger
and smiles for
the photo

—is rife with
legality

—is a dictionary
redirect: see
PALLOR, see
POWER, see
DENIAL

—grips a
monopoly
on grief

—needs to
get to the
point

—aims its AR-15
wherever two
or three are
gathered

—sends thoughts
and prayers
through the
barrel

 

________

Kayla Berkey lives in Pittsburgh where she works as a news editor. She has published poems in Voices from the Attic Vol. XXI and Pittsburgh City Paper’s Chapter and Verse, and is a member of the Madwomen in the Attic writing workshops.

Photo by JJ Ying.

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