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Today, and even yesterday,
I felt your words like bullets,
how such small objects
can weigh so much in the hand:
their heft, their steely shimmer,
the protrusion from their case.

One, two, three, four, five,
they slip into their holes;
spin the cylinder, 
click it back
into its resting place;
the chamber is full.

Even I had to admire the calm
of your aim: no shake of hands,
nor dramatic pulling back
of the stiff hammer,
just a smooth squeeze
of a trigger wanting to be squeezed,
an exemplary mastery,
and suppression,
of the residual kick.

Examine the target:
how your words hit their mark,
all too well, all too well,
and as small as those bullets,
admire their rip.