I took a pistol class, a few years ago,
and I was good: bull's-eye.
We shot at red circles on paper
and the instructor, a cop, said
Human-shaped targets are only for
My uncle wanted me to be prepared
for anything: to shoot if
someone were threatening me.
I asked about aiming for a knee,
or the arm; he said
If you shoot at someone
aim to kill.
If your life is not in danger
If your life is in danger
aim for the heart
so they don't kill you instead.
He wanted me to have a gun
for my room at college.
He wanted me to be the one
who could stop a shooter.
I said no.
It was against the dorm rules.
I could not see myself pulling the trigger.