Killing: A Pantoum

when a gun is fired,
the energy released
strikes the powder
which releases more energy
the energy released
blasting a metal cap off an open shell
releases more energy
exploding forward in a single direction
blasting a metal cap off an open shell
a small bit of metal hurling along
exploding forward in a single direction
blazed into our heads
a small bit of metal hurling along
such an elegant idea
the lethal arch of gravity’s rainbow
blazed into our heads
such an elegant idea
so simple, so perfect, so mundane
blazed into our heads
who knew it’d be so easy?
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