They just went shopping.
Tell me, what is wrong with that?
May they rest in peace.
n.b. There are at least 150 gun manufacturers in the USA according to Wikipedia.
Every mass murder leads to more gun sales, as people driven by fear, arm themselves just in case they need to defend themselves when they decide to nip down to the shops.
n.n.b. I have taken this title from The Clash album, ‘London Calling”.
Alarmed, startled awake
Essential items fumbled for
Grabbed, stashed and stowed at first light
Bleary drive to the port for the morning ferry
Relief at reaching the queue steadily being consumed by the ship’s jaws
A necessary pause at the UK Border Force barrier
“Sorry, sir, but this is not your passport.”
She had died
Five years past
Yet here she is
Handed back to me
Fixed face, impassive as required for the officious photograph
With me still
After a series of disappointing affairs
She issued her new lover with a loyalty card
Everytime she was visited she gave a gold star
She was never disappointed again
As her lover kept coming
It was here
Near past a year
When what matters became more clear
And all my building fears
Dissolved in tears
A pink rose petal fell
Two edges curled, forming a point
It blew past, just heavy enough to catch on the patio’s rough slab, then tumble
Of course, it reminded me of you
Carried on life’s breeze
On your unsteady path
Head over heels, then flat on your face
And all possible positions in between
Crucified by lust
Pinned by regret
Speared by grief
CLP 30th June 2019
Soft, silence settles
Stars pin-prick heaven’s cushion
Warm blanket of calm