08 April 2017

Bullet and Target

A little something I rediscovered while editing my field notes. A curiosity for your edification and rumination. Not sure about the delight.


The heart stares down
a blue steel barrel
Gleam of hollow tips
Tracking the beating core
lonely chamber now empty
Echoes of the bang
claw at the sides
before the mind
pulls the trigger

The heart stares down
the barrel of the gun
firing from a mouth
once sacred, holy,
vivifying and precious
Now targeting, tracking
flechette rounds of words
ripping air asunder

to lodge in the soul


  1. Such an eloquent depiction of the verbal assignation we all either serve or consume depending the season. Such vulnerability should have led more to lay off the trigger, don't you think?

    1. Thank you. Vulnerability, when faced with the prospect of great loss, can gain some steel. In turn, that steel can be used to wound when what it really wants is reconciliation. Laying off the trigger seems impossible when you know you aren't going to keep what so dearly did not want to lose.


"Let your laws come undone
Don't suffer your crimes
Let the love in your heart take control..."

-'The Hair Song', by Black Mountain

Tell me what is in your heart...