Shooting in Texas, poetry by Dr. Shailja Sharma at
Ruben Rodriguez



written by: Dr. Shailja Sharma



Mind is tender:
If you give it a flower,
It will smell
If you give it a gun,
It will shoot
Youth is raw and pure
Give it words to express pain
Before it becomes anger
And holds a weapon
Destroying its own kith and kin
That would leave no one happy
Not the weapon, not the shooter,
Not the victim:
Minds are tender
Give them power to express
Disarm them
From fear
And from objects that cause fear,
Pain, hatred, and death.

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