Covering Your Campus Lockdown

Covering Your Campus Lockdown

A Poem by RainingKate

Founded idea from school violence. After watching some slam poetry and saw how school violence really affects people, I wrote this poem.


Covering Your Campus on Lockdown

How dare you.

Like a jump-scare, I hear the bullets screaming

Like a protest, I hear the students squalling

My own fear is a blanket that coats me

My own fear hides my eyesight so that I may not see the chaos that surrounds me.

How dare you,

Come into my safe haven of learning

And turn it into a hell of mayhem

How dare you make me question my own space of learning

How dare you make me look around every corner before I walk

How dare you.

Your bullets, invading the consent of a person’s skin

Your anger, bursting like a bubble that splatters on the wall

Your sadness, which now plagues the families and friends of those whose lives you’ve taken

How dare you ruin the blanket of safety that we may never feel again 

Your actions not only invade me, but the minds of children. 

When we look at our books, we will also look to the door to make sure it’s locked.

When we walk down the hallway, we will also walk through memories.

When we are doing math, we will also count the number of exits.

When we are having fun, we will also be afraid.

I’m afraid.

...So I ask, one final time, how dare you?

© 2021 RainingKate

Author's Note

I love feedback because it helps me improve my writing. I know this poem isn't perfect, there are even things I couldn't express in words for this poem. Let me know what you think!

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The stress of the pandemic has caused an upsurge of mental health problems. When people get stressed, they can also become violent. Throw guns into the mix and you have the ingredients for really nasty situations.

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Powerful. An unfortunate topic to have for consideration. Well constructed, perfect anaphora, very deeply thought out. Thanks for sharing.

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Powerful and strong words and thoughts shared dear RainingKate. Your words were meaningful and worthwhile. I live near Detroit. The gun and violence. Kill so many. Thank you for sharing your amazing poetry and your thoughts.

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Added on February 22, 2021
Last Updated on February 22, 2021
Tags: #violence #fear #setmefree #scho



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