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More than a minute

MORE THAN A MINUTE
                                by BambiLynn '14

(*Inspired by the tragic shooting of NEHEMIAH)

  This is for the NORTHSIDE, old or young 
  Stop the violence and set down the gun
  This is gotten old, it's nothing new
  We keep paying the price of what guns do
  The bullets end all involved life as it's known
  And YOU ALREADY KNOW you're killing your own
  It's far too extreme for problems of the day 
  Please take the time to find another way
  You take a life and end yours too 
  It's really selfish and bigger than you two
  No amount of church, prayer, or song
  Tells your mother where she went wrong
  Your sister and brothers are left grieving that day
  Yet forever attached to where you're put away 
  Do you have a girl, a wife, hope not a pregnancy
  Any children of your own left with this legacy
  Your favorite teacher, adored coach; school venue
  All left feeling they failed and afraid to continue
  How about your homies, all down for you
  What position have you now put them in too
  There's a bigger picture than that one minute
  And it entails way more than just you in it
  All of this is of flesh, bone, and skin
  Deeper than a son, your mother, any of your kin
  Take it one step further~ there's an even bigger toll
  There will be hell to pay, you sold your eternal soul
  So just take a deep breath, and a second to think
  Before you jump for a gun and change forever in a blink
  To all of the NORTHSIDE old or young
  PLEASE STOP THIS VIOLENCE AND SET DOWN YOUR GUN
  EVERY LAST ONE OF US IS INCLUDED IN IT
   ITS WAY BIGGER THAN YOU, AND MORE THAN A MINUTE

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