Stage 2

It is not Beirut,
not Afghanistan, not Iraq or Kuwait,
nor anywhere in that land
sold by the barrel
to thirsty humanitarians.

This is America,
urban, suburban, rural…
take your pick.  This
is where it’s at.  Tennis shoes
with a logo to kill for

or someone else’s girl
and a Glock semi-automatic.
In video games,  hit reset,
they get up again.  Everything
is infallible

with eight gigabytes of RAM
or an I Pad with Retina display…
the inevitable apple in a game
as deadly as sin. A boy held by a gun.
Who needs an asp?

The five stages of grieving are
1- Denial
2- Anger
3- Bargaining
4- Depression
5- Acceptance