Gary Beck, one poem


Bulletin Board

Each morning on the news

we hear another threat,

currently schools

the victims

of dissatisfied students

eager to pay back

the system that warped them.

We are now acclimatized

to lunatics attacking

malls, the workplace, movie houses,

low or middle-income targets,

while righteous legislators call

for stricter gun control laws

to keep automatic weapons

out of the hands of the disturbed,

who somehow always get their hands

on automatic weapons,

despite legal restrictions

constantly challenged by gun-nuts,

who claim they need assault rifles

to eliminate garden pests,

dangerous gophers, woodchucks.

So stronger laws will be passed

without serious objections

from not-for-profit gun lobbies

confident that gun customers

will find ways to make purchases

and keep the profits growing.

Circumstances may change

if the insane rampagers

select new targets,

museums, expensive restaurants,

theaters, the opera house,

cultural institutions

supported by wealthy patrons,

mansions where the rich reside