Here’s a poem I wrote as part of that Cartography series. I kind of just found it on the hard drive because I’m so organized like that.
AFTER AND A SPECIAL FEAR FOR MY LOVED ONES, ELIZABETH CATLETT (1946)
A person is justified in using force
He’s just walking around looking about.
except deadly force,
He’s just staring.
against another when and to the extent
the person reasonably believes that such conduct is necessary
Now he’s just staring at me.
to defend himself or herself or another against the other’s imminent use of unlawful force.
Now he’s coming towards me.
My nephews lie
about shooting through my dad’s garage window
with a bb gun that resembles The Real Thing.
Child-proofing is trumped by the grandkids’ challenge
to his height; this 4th of 8 lanky, voice on the verge of girl crush melody,
making himself up as he goes—
a danger no threats can prepare him for.
However, a person is justified in the use of deadly force
Yep, he’s coming to check me out.
and does not have a duty to retreat if:
These assholes always get away.
He or she reasonably believes that such force is necessary
to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another
“Are you following him?”
Or to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony; or
Under those circumstances permitted pursuant to section 776.013.