Give Me Liberty
It’s often said, though not so true,
“The guns don’t kill; the people do.”
But bullets split a heart in two.
You know they do. You know they do.
“It is our right,” you want to say.
“The constitution reads that way.”
While for their children mothers pray,
“Come home today. Come home today.”
Protect or kill? The question goes.
Its answer one each user knows,
Some leaving victims in the throes.
We must oppose. We must oppose!
I do not know, though men have tried,
What fix can mend this great divide.
One simple truth can’t be denied –
Too many died. Too many died.
The monotetra is a poetic form developed by Michael Walker. Here are the basic rules:
Comprised of quatrains (four-line stanzas) in tetrameter (four metrical feet) for a total of 8 syllables per line. Each quatrain consists of mono-rhymed lines (so each line in the first stanza has the same type of rhyme, as does each line in the second stanza, etc.). The final line of each stanza repeats the same four syllables. This poem can be as short as one quatrain and as long as a poet wishes.