The Weight of a Bullet

What is the weight of a bullet?
Such a small piece of unfeeling steel.
This small nugget of cold, uncaring metal,
polished to glisten, to dazzle.
So light as to be held by an infant,
so small it could be swallowed by some.
Then, just a click of a tiny trigger,
releasing it from its hidden slender chamber
projecting it toward its chosen target
that sends this tiny weight upon its path.

So, what is the weight of the bullet?
What is your weight?
120 pounds 140 pounds 150 pounds?
The bullet is converted to the weight of the intended
and it becomes the weight of the recipient.
It cannot be stopped once set in motion
until its mission has been completed
and it meets its intended target,
and the weight becomes multiplied
as the two fall together
as the two become one.
The bullet is unconcerned about the size.
To find its weight, add the weight of
those that it has met.

John Collins ia a retired pharmacist from the coastal Virginia area, now living in Central Virginia. His work has appeared in the Dissident Voice, Merak, Fourth and Sycamore, Aurorus and Blossoms, Pangolin Review and Galway Reiew. Read other articles by John.