Triggered

So many people seem to think
that the realities of everyday life
should simply
scatter
like a
flock of birds
when they pass through them,
but the realities of this world
are not skittish feathers taking flight
at your slightest plaintive breath—
they are hailstorms of
bullets
and you are always in the
crossfire.
You can bleed out with
whining
or
you can harden your
mettle
and temper your heart to be
bulletproof.