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Michael Pruchnicki


Johnny's Gun


A book we read in class one summer
when summer sun and crack of bat
distracted us from assigned reading
and the discussions we held indoors

was written about a wounded soldier
who gradually comes to realize
the extent of his injuries
and prefers death

Grim stuff for high school kids
used to running and catching
baseballs - stretching ourselves
physically and mentally

on baseball diamonds in the sun
so that confinement in a bed
for the rest of one's life
struck a chord of fear
and we would have rather died, too!

Submitted: Monday, March 10, 2008

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  • Rookie Greenwolfe 1962 (3/22/2008 3:56:00 PM)

    Except for the title, which is deceiving, this
    is a finely written piece of prose that could
    be expanded and enhanced extensively.
    I don't find anything to criticise in the writing.
    The message is clear; which is, by far, the
    most important thing. This is tho only piece
    of yours that I have read, I will have to read more.

    GW62 (Report) Reply

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