A Sniper Scope With a Heart Behind It: A Poem

Updated on May 11, 2018
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Val is a life-long practically oriented student of effective emotional and attitudinal responses to the many challenges of life.

Eye glued to scope, and void of soul

his finger getting itchy to pull that trigger

scanning over uniform where to make a hole

in this raw game of survival and nothing bigger.

Then just before that last finger twitch

something caught his eye putting off killing

the scope showed a man praying in that ditch

holding tight a picture to his chest while kneeling.

Now adjusting the scope to zooming

he could see the picture of a smiling girl

her gentle eyes like two blue flowers blooming

with daddy's loving thumb passing over blonde curl.

Head fell heavy on the rifle that stayed silent

with a few tears rolling down his tired face

bitter lips cursing his life turning violent

cursing this heartless human race.

Then a shot raped the silence and he took a peek

just enough to see picture sprinkled with blood

and to his right a grinning victorious freak

with a smoking gun cheered by squad.


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