Daily Prompt: Florida shooting

 

P1070409Did I provoke you to use a gun

In school, just because I was young?

Did you see me along with my mates

When you burst in through the school gates?

Did you think it all was a game

That each one would rise up again

Like they do in the video games?

 

Maybe you thought this would help

You get back at the staff who tried

To put you on the right track.

Maybe you hated authority figures

Thought you could solve things

With your trigger.

Now look at what you have done

A  community killed with a gun.

But the state says you may have one

It’s your citizen’s right in the law.

But what about innocents like me

A victim you never cared for or saw?

Did you think my life didn’t matter

You just fancied to see some blood spatter.

 

Should we really all carry a gun

So when we’re drunk, drugged or want to have fun

We can shoot from the hip

Spray bullets from our grip

From a weapon of death

Kill all before?

But the Second Amendment

States freedom, is to live with a gun

Should you want

But I ask you please to consider

 

If my death was my freedom

The freedom I want.

 

I have been shocked as have many around the world at the Florida school shooting. 17 lives ended and there is a big call from young people in particular, for a change in the law in the USA  which allows people to own guns. I understand the culture in the USA is very different from in the UK and some people are frightened and feel the gun law cannot be dispensed with – but Australia did it!

The photo is a provocative piece of street art by Bambi, in London, supposedly of the Michael Brown killing in 2014, but I think the picture is relevant here too. It shows an innocent saying don’t shoot. Guns are weapons, whether in the hands of the law or of ordinary people.

I would be interested to know what you think about gun law in general or in your own country.

 

Words and photo copyright Englepip©

 

 

via Daily Prompt: Provoke

Four Minutes: tribute to Sir Roger Bannister

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Farewell.

I couldn’t do it

Run that far in four minutes.

In four minutes I can:

Almost sew on a button

Maybe respond to an email

Almost boil an egg

Perhaps  walk 400 metres

But Sir Roger Bannister

Ran

He ran and ran

Til his lungs were bursting

And every tendon

Stretched till he had run

A mile; in less than four.

Breathless

The first man,

Panting

1954

Heart racing

Breaking  the record.

Amazing national hero.

Sir Roger Bannister

Breathed his last.

Yesterday.

Farewell.

 

Words above and picture copyright Englepip©

 

Sir Roger Bannister, a British athletic hero passed away yesterday 3rd March 2018 at the age of 88 years.

He was one of the last true amateur athletes running on a cinder track just outside Oxford. Wikipedia reads:

“In the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, Bannister set a British record in the 1500 metres and finished fourth. This strengthened his resolve to be the first 4-minute miler. He achieved this feat on 6 May 1954 at Iffley Road track in Oxford, with Chris Chatawayand Chris Brasher providing the pacing. When the announcer, Norris McWhirter, declared “The time was three…”, the cheers of the crowd drowned out Bannister’s exact time, which was 3 minutes 59.4 seconds. Bannister’s record lasted just 46 days. He had reached this record with minimal training, while practising as a junior doctor.”