Ready Yourself

Tell me once again what is right and wrong.
I think that I missed what you said
Right as you spoke through the throng.
Even if I disagree, your words will still stand,
Don’t  forget that, no matter what song played by the band.
Only through the voice of many
For justice won’t be bought with a penny.
Far too long have people wept  
Even though through tears they’ve slept
And if you want something to change
Ready yourself for the range.

I have never felt fear for myself or others when it comes to the police, but my mother grew up in the South during the Civil Rights Movement and she would sometimes tell us stories to remind us that they are people and people are not always honest, good or faithful to what they have sworn themselves to. On the other hand I know that there are people who I care for who have been saved because of an armed officer being nearby.

Guns are dangerous. They are made to kill things, animals and/or people. They are not toys, they are weapons and only those trained in their use and care should use them.

This post was brought to you by the Dungeon Prompt for this last week.


About martha0stout

I like to read and write and hang out with my family and friends. I currently live on a farm and all that such a living entails.
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10 Responses to Ready Yourself

  1. I love this, Martha, it falls in line what my son and discussed over the weekend. I was not going to write on this avoiding any negativity because…well,just because, it breaks my heart…but I may share the convo with my son…that makes it real. Love that poem!!


  2. This is a really great and powerful poem, thanks for sharing it with us.


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  4. I especially love the lines, “And if you want something to change. Ready yourself for the range.” Thanks for contributing, I know it’s venturing into subjects that are hard to write about.


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  6. WeaverGrace says:

    I like the first stanza. I get a clear image of a young adult child addressing a parent, in the midst of a throng, distracted by “the band’s” different tune. “Even if I disagree, your words will still stand” I cherish when a friend told me that parents’ words echo in the heads of their children. I discovered it to be true.

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