Good-Bye, USA

I’m watching my country load a weapon,
gather innocents in a corner, and open fire.
I’m watching my country turn the gun on itself.

I’m watching my country plan its suicide,
while reporters read a nation’s desperate good-bye,
pages of grief and excuses, reading –

I Could Not.

The left power mourns, the right denies,
and the rest of us wait for our turn to die
at the hands of the country we loved –

the home of the free- run wild with sorrow
the land of the brave no more.

Jessica Wiseman Lawrence is disgusted by the lax gun laws in the US. She really did buy that blanket for her daughter. Her upcoming chapbook titled "Terrible Little Stars" further examines such issues. Read other articles by Jessica.