Talking Around The Problem
When geometry takes a backseat
to active shooting drills
and lock down exercises
We could have us a gun problem.
Or, when the student body
means one lying in the classroom
instead of the corporate whole.
We may have a gun problem.
Maybe when the suggested solution
to stopping the next school assassin
is to arm the English teacher.
We might just have us a gun problem.
If people speak about knives and bricks
as potential weapons of mass murder
“So are we going to ban those too?”
We certainly appear to have a gun problem.
When students become survivors
and stand up to NRA politicians
but still laws don’t change.
It’s safe to say we have a gun problem.
By Jim Landwehr
A poem from Disarm: A Themed issue Responding to Mass Shootings in America
Jim Landwehr has published two poetry collections Written Life and Reciting From Memory and a forthcoming chapbook, On A Road. He also has two books, The Portland House: A 70’s Memoir and Dirty Shirt: A Boundary Waters Memoir. He has non-fiction stories published in Boundary Waters Journal, Main Street Rag, MidWest Outdoors Magazine and others. His poetry has been featured in Torrid Literature Journal, Blue Heron Review, Off the Coast Poetry Journal, and many others. Jim lives and works in Waukesha, Wisconsin with his wife Donna, and their two children Sarah and Ben.