a land i wish is a myth

in sixteen seconds,

bang, bang, bang, bang.

two young breaths
cold and glass-eyed.

behind’s a pair
of teen-hands.

instead of his
birthday cake,
with a pistol, he
blows his own
mind last.

in sixteen seconds.
another school joins
an exclusive club
no one dreams or wants.

in sixteen seconds
the sky gulps,
to welcome
another batch
of tender buds

brutally picked off
from earth’s

bullet land.

©2019 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.
Photo by  Unsplash
For 2019 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 14 and for dVerse OLN.
My heart breaks:
Two teens are dead after a 16-year-old gunman shot 5 classmates and himself in 16 seconds, cops say

Killing Each Other

Why humans kill each other is beyond my comprehension. but I can testify that you have been doing it since your inception. Only the weapons change. – by Mitch AlbomThe Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

Last Sunday was
my country’s 118th Independence Day.
After 333 years of slavery
as Spain’s colony,
my country was allegedly
finally ‘set free’.

But freedom is a lie,
independence, oh let’s just sigh.
After Spaniards left
two more invaders crept.
More lives were wrecked,
no freedom,
no independence,
was felt.


After a century,
of war and slavery,
can I say my country is really free?

Well freedom is a choice,
a personal decision,
no one can take away
even an army’s legion.


On another side of globe,
50 lives were killed
by a single heavy weapon,
a single man’s the felon.


Oh humans,
oh humans,
when will you stop killing each other?
Oh humans,
oh humans,
please acknowledge to live is better.

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.

Photo from: Mitch Albom’s Facebook page

Also in response to Jacq’s Thinking Corner.

Have a peaceful and safe week, everyone!