"What If the Gun Says No" - David Oates

What if the gun says no
what if the fist won't clench
what if the bombs won't let go
of their grip on the bomber's wing
What if the bomb stays whole
in the bomber’s vest
and the policeman's club
turns soft as feathers
in his palm
What if tear gas turns sweet
and a vegan shark
carries a sailor to shore
and the guard dog licks
when the man said kill
Yes, What if the gun says
(in the middle of the argument)
the gun says
(when he finds that he's been cheated)
the gun says
 (in the crucial instant)

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