IN THE GUNSMOKE

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of the 80th school shooting
this year I lead the charge
for citizens’ resistance,
no more locking metal storage units,
prayers puffy-eyed,
instead, we eye CQB training videos
drill positions in our minds
study workplace room design
note center or corner entryways
dream of neutralizing threats
from the inside, yes, this is a wall
to wage war on our attackers,
a storm swift and sweet
to quench the killing funnel—
FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!
Nowhere to RUN. HIDE.

About the Poem

UNLV Shooting Dec. 6, 2023

About the Author

Judi Mae “JM” Huck is an arts administrator and teaching artist currently based in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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