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The Bullet

I am neither good nor bad; I am but a small chunk of lead
Yet in the wrong hands Iím something to dread
Iíve taken countless lives and saved countless more
I take no sides Ė I even no score

Iím hurled at supersonic speed from the barrel of a gun
Once in my path you cannot outrun
I have no remorse, I feel no pain
I move at the direction of the crazy and the sane

Iíve shot down thugs and Presidents alike
Pierced every part of the body, sometimes just for spite
Not once have I ever shed a tear for anything Iíve done
Or cared in which direction I may veer once I leave the gun

If I miss my intended target, then that is ok
Something or someone will eventually stop me along the way
Once it was a child in a stroller in whose body I came to rest
They traced me back to the gun of a thug by using a ballistics test

Iíd be content being a weight on a wheel
Then I wouldnít have a function to kill
But for now I remain a deadly chunk of lead
Standing ready for whatever lies ahead

© Kent Fletcher
April 9. 2010




Kent Fletcher retired as Deputy Chief of the Durham NC Police Dept.  He served with that department for 301/2 years.  He is a graduate of the 162nd session of the FBI National Academy and has an AA and BS degree in Justice Administration from Guilford College.  Writing short stories and poetry has become a part-time hobby.  He can be reached at hkfletcher@nc.rr.com

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