Poem: Morning Shots

December 3, 2019

It’s 3am, I’m doing homework 

while gunshots ring out around me

ain't nothing new 

I’ve been hearing em since preteens


Only difference is I’m not in South Central

I’m in Southeast D.C.

Seeking clarity to write 

While mourning those lost in the streets


Today I logged on to not one but three RIPs

Count em up while I’m scrollin’ 

its all a repetitive bad dream


I log off to imagine a reality  

Where war isn’t present 

Knowing death is normal

but this cycle isn’t.


Jacqueline "Jay Cali" Jackson 

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