Lethal Weapons
© By Grady L. Duncan 
11/23/01
Over a half century ago, when we were just boys,
we owned lethal weapons, most thought were just toys.
They were simple devices, make with childish hands,
using forked branches, and a couple of rubber bands,
bound together with twine, and the tongue of a shoe,
that had to be leather, for nothing else would do.
When all was assembled, they hadn't cost a lot.
Though they had many names, we called them our slingshots.
When we had them finished, and our initials on the stocks,
we searched roads and creeks, for smooth marble-sized rocks.
Practice, practice, practice, and practice more and more,
when we first started, we couldn't hit a barn door.
In time we had it mastered, breaking bottles one by one.
We could even hit a rabbit, while he was on the run.
But, mother had formed a list, and I remember it still,
though it was years ago, of, "Things Thou Shalt Not Kill."
"Don't kill a bird that's setting, or one that's on the wing,
nor one that's on her nest, nor one that peacefully sings."
"Don't kill fur bearing animals, if they have four legs,
nor any of Gods creatures, that you know lay eggs."
"Don't kill just for fun, for that's a waste of meat."
"If you need to kill, kill something good to eat."
As long as we kept those rules, we got along just fine.
So, most of our killing days, were spent just killing time.
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