To the legislators with guns for their gods
We’re all just houses of bone and blood
Held together by sinew and skin
The glass that keeps the wind and rain out
And all the comfortable furniture in

A rusty nail could do it
A piece of popcorn gone down the wrong pipe
A hurricane or tornado
A hunk of metal fired from a barrel

We spend every waking moment and
Our sleeping ones too worrying
Our babies’ fragile houses won’t return to us one day
Whole, together, in one piece
We send them out with only our love
For a paper-thin armor wondering if they’ll someday
Be shredded into shrapnel left
Behind by someone else’s anger

Where is your heart
Those ribs embracing everything inside you
Are the same as every other body’s here.

Amanda Cook (c) 2022

Amanda Cook is a writer and stay at home mom who lives in a southern Indiana woods with her spouse, kids, and one clingy dog. In the Before Times (and sometimes even now), she could/can be found helping out with her kids' school, catching up on her toppling TBR pile, playing games with her friends, hanging out at virtual conventions, crying over period dramas, or sewing yet another cosplay. Her second novel, "When We Were Forgotten," was the winner of the 2018 Bronze Medal for Best Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror E-Book from the Independent Publisher Book (IPPY) Awards. She writes short speculative fiction and poetry that can be found at various markets and here on her blog.

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