Oscar by Mukund Gnanadesikan


Headed home
To see my girl
Family, that’s what important, you know?
Johannes, why the gun?
I posed no threat
No harm to you nor any other
What made you bend your second finger?
Send hot metal swift into my flesh?
What did you see?
A look, a movement of my hand perhaps
Were you scared?
My blackness has that effect sometimes
Grownups with guns
Are still just children
Of the dark

Mukund Gnanadesikan is a doctor by profession but a writer at heart. He have been writing poetry since he was 14. His poetry has been published previously in the 2004 anthology Sheets: For Men Only (Dancing Ink Press), and he is currently working on a collection entitled Scrawl.