I Don't Want to Die
You can see it in my eyes
As they scavenge the room for a lone wolf with a bag.
I don’t want to die.
You can see it in the way I hide from the faceless killer,
My world becoming increasingly black and white.
Avoid the movie theater.
Look over your shoulder in the halls.
If the worst should come:
If you cannot run:
If you cannot hide:
Going to the synagogue is an act of bravery.
I want you to look me in the eyes and tell me that seventeen died because there were too many doors.
I want to see you tell a grieving mother that a “good guy” with the instrument that killed her child could have saved the day.
I want to hear you say that a gun is worth more than my life.
And if I perish -
I want the world to know I’m not surprised.