Some Things Are Not Easy to Understand

I can’t begin to understand all the ins and outs and the whys and wherefores of decisions made by politicians. Policies and legalities twist my brain in a knot… they seem so very complicated to me and I just don’t seem to have the motivation to desire to dedicate my inadequate brainpower to understanding those complications. So, please accept this as an admission of an inability to understand all of the aspects of the people’s right to bear arms.

One thing I do understand, is that this topic of the right to bear arms is one that carries quite a lot of emotional weight for many people. Though I have never experienced this right – not being a citizen of the U.S. – I, too, feel an emotional weight every time there is a mass shooting in a country where I have many loved ones. I can’t begin to understand how it feels to the people in the U.S. to be experiencing this so regularly; I only know how I feel as an on-looker.

Today, I have expressed my feelings in a pantoum poem.

The Right to Bear Arms

Another shooting in the land
A young man fires and lives are lost
These things are hard to understand
The right to arms comes at a cost

A young man fires and lives are lost
Such hatred spewed out through a gun
The right to arms comes at a cost
Deep grief is felt by everyone

Such hatred spewed out through a gun
The politicians sound sincere
Deep grief is felt by everyone
So many have been killed this year

The politicians sound sincere
Some people hide that they’re deranged
So many have been killed this year
Yet people don’t want gun laws changed

Some people hide that they’re deranged
These things are hard to understand
Yet people don’t want gun laws changed
Another shooting in the land

Terri Skuce
June 14, 2016


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