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A Rifle Scope With a Heart: A Poem

Updated on August 25, 2017
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Val is a life-long student of the psycho-philosophy of living and a devoted practitioner of many techniques that enhance personal evolution.

His eye glued to the scope while detached from his soul

and his finger itchy to ruthlessly pull that trigger

he scanned over that uniform where to make a hole

feeling pushed into game of survival and nothing bigger.


Then just before that merciless finger twitch

something caught his eye that delayed that killing

it seemed like the man was praying in that ditch

holding a picture to his chest and kneeling.


With a quickly adjusted scope into zooming

he saw the picture of a smiling little girl

her blue eyes like two flowers blooming

with daddy's loving thumb over her blonde curl.


Head fell heavy on the rifle that stayed silent

with a tear or two rolling down the tired face

lips whispering a curse about his life turning so violent

cursing gods and justice and entire human race.


Then a sudden shot raped the silence and he took a peek

just in time to see the picture now sprinkled with blood

and to his right a grinning victorious freak

with a smoking gun and cheered by the squad.




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    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 4 weeks ago from Oklahoma

      Interesting read.