What To Do in the Event of a Gun Attack

They are hiding under desks again
The school bell rings, the bullets rain
So say a prayer
And offer your condolences.

They are living out the lockdown drill
They are breathing in and keeping still
So send a tweet
And say a prayer
And offer your condolences.

They are lying in the corridors
In the classrooms, gym, and old school hall
So play a round of golf
And send a tweet
And say a prayer
And offer your condolences.

They are laying down the flowers again
Next month they will do the same
So just do fuck all
And play a round of golf
And send a tweet
And say a prayer
And offer your condolences.

12 comments

  1. Written succinctly on this glaring, ongoing issue that the politicians ignore, barring ‘offering condolences’. Shame on them.
    I’m British American and know this does not happen elsewhere. The surviving students are starting to mobilize themselves in protest…
    Thank you for adding your timely voice.

  2. Thank you for this poem Brian. I shared it and hope it goes viral. It needs to. Maybe you could submit it to the NY Times….

  3. I love your way with words, Sir Brian!! You’re simply brilliant!!
    America, in general, is a mess. At this point, I’m downright embarrassed to admit that I’m half American (and currently living in America). I recently wrote a little poem titled “USA,” which I then set to the melody of “Yesterday” by Paul McCartney. (YouTube link below) I’d love to try my hand at setting some of *your* poems to music! 🎶🎶

  4. By the way, here’s the not-so-family-friendly version of “USA,” which likewise fits the melody of “Yesterday” by Paul McCartney.

    (Verse 1)
    USA, what has happened? Seems you’ve lost your way
    On the tube we see it ev’ry day
    How USA has gone astray

    (Verse 2)
    Red and blue—blood and bruises—those two dueling hues
    Deadly riots and unending feuds
    When will we hear some brighter news?

    (Bridge)
    Many years ago you did glow in your success
    Now the glory’s gone and you’re one big f****** mess (mess, mess, mess)

    (Verse 3)
    USA, Trump’ting elephants and donkey’s bray
    Land of beasts that squabble ev’ry day
    America, you’ve gone “cray cray”

    (Bridge)
    Many years ago you did glow in your success
    Now the glory’s gone and you’re one big f****** mess (mess, mess, mess)

    (Verse 4)
    USA, Trump’ting elephants and donkey’s bray
    Land of beasts that squabble ev’ry day
    Oh, “cray cray” is the USA
    Mm mm mm mm U S A
    *****************************************************************************************
    Lyric notes that might be helpful to non-Americans:
    – Red is the color associated with the Republican Party.
    – Blue is the color associated with the Democratic Party.
    – The elephant is the symbol of the Republican Party.
    – The donkey is the symbol of the Democratic Party.
    – “Cray cray” is slang (mainly in the U.S.) for “crazy.”
    – “Trump’ting” (Elephants make a sound, known as a trumpet, to signal excitement, aggression and distress. Couldn’t resist the play on words!)

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