(February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

Memories Romanced To Enhance

Many devote the living of their lives,
To hindsight to indulge without insight.
And frightened they become,
When threats to hear with rumors done...
That they allow their lives to live,
In fear to quickly welcome it...
With a hope past events kept reminisced,
Can be protected to defend them...
From being taken away.
Or memories romanced to enhance them,
Left to keep in their sheltered minds.

'Why do you find it necessary,
To purchase and keep weapons in your home.'

~To ensure my quality of life is not threatened.
Nor the expectations I have for my children.~

'By what or who do you suspect threatens you.'

~The terrorists.
They are all over the place these days.~

'In your neighborhood too? '

~No. Don't be ridiculous.
The ones in the movies and on TV.
And everyone in my neighbor,
Have expressed to me similar beliefs.~

'The selling of fear is a very high price to pay.'

~You can say that again.
I just bought my children pearl handle pistols.
And the younger ones got so upset,
Because I did't have their initials engraved in gold.~

'Don't you think that is taking it a bit too far? '

~That's what I told them.
It was expensive enough,
Just to have their initials...
In their own birthstone colors.~

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