Hut, hike, live

one foot behind,
the other in front.
what’s next?
planted firm, does one
uproot for higher ground?
stability secured by
a mobility that’s not.
forward momentum
achieved laterally.
shuffle and stutter gains
not typically rushed.
goals determined by
distance over time,
one must plan
for fumbles.

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Just noticed i’ve got a gun.

i’ve got a gun.
although, i’m not sure whose it is.
i notice everyone around me
carry guns, presumably theirs.
i’m not sure if they use it,
or how they use it,
or even what they load it with?
where do they find their ammunition?
does someone give it to them,
do they steal it, or
do they buy it?
i see them carry
their guns to work,
to schools, to restaurants,
while driving in traffic,
during Sunday mass,
even on family vacation.
shots can be heard
in exchange for
power, money, ideals, beliefs.
since when did we all have guns
and the thought that because
we have one, we should use it?
all i know is,
i’ve got a gun.
one day i’ll shoot.
until then,
i’ll stick to using
blanks.