He does not roam woods to hunt a doe
nor stalk the mountain cat or eider duck
But is a connoisseur of weaponry
man-made power to shoot and kill
boasts an ankle holster beneath his pants
hidden hand gun by his bed
His foes we don’t know, never ask.
He shoots — to shoot
Guns inform his monologue: we hear it again
full of firing up
and bearing arms
Preaches the creed of the need for guns:
pistols revolvers shot guns flint locks automatics
Extols the makers:
Remington Sturm Ruger Glock Sig Sauer Smith and Wesson
He values the value of guns
Shows us pictures of a Roman Caroballista 1st century A.D.
shoots heavy bolts, needs two men to shoot
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Stohler is a retired high school English teacher who taught for many years at Edison High School. After retiring she taught GED classes and ESL to adults. She has always been a reader and writer of poetry.