by Janis Gaines

I was just reading one day
Minding my own business
Twas pure curiosity that led me astray
When the bullet hit me
That killer word and strangling phrase
Left me bloody and without excuse
Unable to move and yet more aware
That I should have moved much sooner
And now I am paralyzed
Halted like a deer
Who was only searching for food
When I found death
On the page

© April 5, 2008
Flowery Branch, GA