Leaves Me Trembling
Thomas Merton Brightman
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I've killed
To live, to feed
Self and family

I've killed
To bring peace
Stop pain

I've killed
With youthful folly
Devastated at results

I've killed
At a distance
Approaching carcass
Still--no life

I've killed
Up close and personal
Seeing in an instant
Death in the eye

I've killed
With weapons made for killing
I've killed
With hands made capable of killing

Death
From afar
Mere construct
Distant--detached

Death
Up close
Utterly personal
Poignant and penetrating

All
Killing
Leaves me trembling