"I Shot a Man Today"

    Photo by Beard Papa on Flickr, licensed under the Creative Commons.

    I shot a man today, he had a mind to take my life.
    He made the floor damp, he made the floor red.
    There were moans from him, or moans from others
    watching, I could not see, dark coming for him or me.
    Just as lead in a dream, I was too heavy to turn.
    His lips moved and moved, Oh God,
    Oh God, I have a daughter.
    I did not know what to do, I did not know.
    I’m sorry, my own voice said, I was.
    But I’m a daughter, too.
    His eye found me and he cried, I believe,
    I believe, I believe.


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