I Heard They Were Blown Away

When i heard they were blown away
Didn’t realize that they meant it literally
It was bits and pieces of flesh
torn away
Little pieces torn from brains 
Bit of eyes lying in the corners
Next to a book of poems
Of Emily Dickinson’s Sunflowers
Poems they’d been reading
They’d never read again

When I heard they’d been blown away again
Thought it meant they were just dead
Then I realized that they were reading
A Psalm about Peace and Healing and Love
And that’s when they were felled
Like Trees
The papers dotted with blood
Their fingers spattered across the room

When I heard the news the 3rd time
I realized that it was a ditto
Of what I’d heard before
The kid had been a problem
The police knew it
His classmates knew it
Their parents knew it for sure
The legislators knew what could happen
They’re captive to their greed

When I think about this
I think
VOTE THEM OUT!

Vote Them Out!

When i heard they were blown away
Didn’t realize that they meant it literally
It was bits and pieces of flesh
torn away
Little pieces torn from brains
Bit of eyes lying in the corners
Next to a book of poems
Of Emily Dickinson’s Sunflowers
Poems they’d been reading
They’d never read again
 
When I heard they’d been blown away again
Thought it meant they were just dead
Then I realized that they were reading
A Psalm about Peace and Healing and Love
And that’s when they were felled
Like Trees
The papers dotted with blood
Their fingers spattered across the room
 
When I heard the news again about being blown away
I realized that the news was a ditto
Of what I’d heard before
The kid had been a problem
The police knew it
His classmates knew it
Their parents knew it for sure
The legislators knew what could happen
They’re captive to their greed
 
When I think about this
I think
VOTE THEM OUT!