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Friday, November 19, 2021


by Pete Mackey

I bring my gun to keep others safe
with my gun but if my gun 
makes you feel unsafe 
I feel unsafe about my gun 
and will use my gun 
to keep myself safe
from you with my gun 

Pete Mackey is a previous contributor to The New Verse News, and his poems have appeared in numerous other publications including, in 2021, Bangalore Review, Cathexis Northwest Press, Third Wednesday, Panoplyzine, Eclectica, The Dewdrop, The Drabble, and Global Poemic along with a Pushcart Prize nomination.