The Chair or the Chamber

by Larry Chamberlin   Nov 7, 2017

Twenty-six killed, twenty injured
in a small rural Texas town,
Sunday morning during services
in a neighborhood church.

Six hundred four killed or injured
in a Las Vegas Nevada
country music concert
hotel window massacre.

Place names engraved for the wrong
reason in nation’s awareness stone:
Aurora and Columbine, Colorado;
Sandy Hook Elementary, Connecticut.

The unthinkable has become the norm
as those with the duty to protect
have absconded with the reelection fund
and abdicated behind closed doors.

I wonder how many people like me sit
in a restaurant or other public place
weighing mentally which chair is best
to hurl at the now expected gunman.


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  • 1 year ago

    by Paul Hirst

    I totally relate as to choosing defence and weapons in a everyday place in case ?
    Its a sad sign of the troubled times
    Well written

  • 1 year ago

    by Mark

    Thought provoking piece, linking title to the last stanza perfectly. My sympathies for all affected in the aforementioned tragedies.