Only Seventeen

Emily Bradshaw

It may seem facetious to some when 

I hum along to Pumped Up Kicks driving

To school but I’m just glad I’m surviving

Unlike the neighbor boy shot down at ten.

They fight to protect the number one threat

To life for kids in this country, but God

Forbid we allow that Drag show facade

To jeopardize our kids with that mindset.

I was only seventeen but afraid

Of my classmates I barely knew. I should

Not have been desperately begging for safety

Yet I hid beneath my desk as I prayed

To whatever god would listen and could

Bless me with the chance to live to eighteen.

  • Author: Emily Bradshaw (Offline Offline)
  • Published: April 24th, 2023 11:30
  • Comment from author about the poem: This is the 4th poem I am publishing as a part of my Nouveau America collection. This poem was written as a response to increase school shootings in America and resistance of political leaders to do something about it. Thoughts and Prayers won't save your children.
  • Category: Sociopolitical
  • Views: 10


  • MysteryGhost

    This is a great poem!

  • MendedFences27

    A brave and forceful poem about the current situation facing America. It is appalling that our (leadership?) can't seem to move to save our children. Please remember this when it's time for you to vote. Loved your poem. - Phil A.

  • Doggerel Dave

    Difficult to make commentary here, as I am originally English, where even the Cops don't routinely wear guns and now live in Australia where Cops do, but there are (we are assured) very few among the general population.

    To make judgement generally I can only conclude that the whole of a very overpopulated world is beset with stupidity.

    "Thoughts and Prayers won't save....." - There have been many thoughts and prayers at MPS over such phenomena as climate change, war and so on... exercises in futility.

    Please continue to tell it like it is, Emily.

    And as a postscript, you have made the sonnet form your own, without a whisper...

  • Dr. Shailesh Gupta Veer

    Beautifully crafted

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