Russian Roulette

July 4, 2009
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Gather 'round now
all you who think you're tough.
We're going to play a game,
but if you lose, the losses are rough.

All you need to play
is a gun and one bullet.
Six people stand in a circle,
the the first person pulls it.

First up is Tom
they say he has "good breeding"
Little do they know
he just keeps taking beatings.

He stands there debating
whether or not its worth the risk.
He thinks of his father at home
and gives the barrel a twist.

He slowly lifts the gun
as his hands shake with fright
He pulls the trigger
But he's not to die tonight.

He passes it to Marissa
who is just your average girl.
Except after meals
when she has to go hurl.

She hates herself now,
so badly she sees no other way.
She spins the barrel and pulls back,
But she's not to die today.

Next up is Danny,
who is made fun of at school.
He thinks if he plays
They'll think he is cool.

He's done the math,
he knows his chances,
He spins the barrel
and watches as it dances.

He slams it shut
and holds it up to his head.
He pulls the trigger
and winds up dead.

The three that didn't play
breathe a sigh of relief.
Then they all start crying,
overcome with grief.

All Danny wanted
was to be accepted by his peers.
They pick up his corpse,
their faces streaming with tears.

They hide his body in the woods
and wash the blood off the ground.
They go their separate ways
and hope to god Danny's not found.

Nothing is for sure,
but I'm willing to bet,
never again will those five kids,
play Russian Roulette.

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Hope_Princess said...
Aug. 16, 2009 at 3:37 pm
Very very good, and such an important message. Thanks for submitting it! Keep writing!
mwatt12 said...
Aug. 11, 2009 at 3:38 am
Thank you. I'm sixteen, going into my junior year of high school. I'm so glad you enjoyed the poem, and I'm happy that you got the full effect of it. The message was clear: everyone hurts, we can lessen the pain. Thanks again, mwatt12.
distant_dreamer said...
Aug. 10, 2009 at 1:43 am
I'm just wondering how old you are? Again it is very good!!!!!
distant_dreamer said...
Aug. 10, 2009 at 1:36 am
Wow Wow Wow!!!! That is very good! You are such a natural at writing!!!!!!! That is the sad truth though people just don't understand how important their lives are until they come face to face with death! Anyways I think this is a very good poem and people everywhere should read it! It's defintely a eye opener! Great Job the details and everything were perfect to the 't'!!!! 5 stars!
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