weak links

Wall Art - Digital Art - Betrayal by Mario Sanchez Nevado

fall afternoon
gunshots shatter quiet
bare trees stand

heaven listens
not surprised; still mystified
human death fetish

pop… pop… pop… pop…
trigger finger tires
city boy drives home

top image:  “Betrayal,” by Mario Sanchez Nevado

It’s happening with more frequency.  The next door neighbor sold a small piece of property on the other side of them to individuals within the last year or so.  The first thing the new owners did was bring a bulldozer in to clear every living thing off of the lot, or at least push it into a big pile.  It seemed as if a house would be built there, as that is standard practice around here, to bulldoze nature down to make way for humans.  But no, these people are gun nuts, and they like to shoot their guns there.   Not only the frequency of the shooting is increasing but it’s also late in the night now.  They must either have night vision on their guns or they are shining deer.

Our death fetish is tragic, a fatal flaw in human DNA.

28 Comments Add yours

  1. Jen says:

    Are the police aware of this. It might be legal but!! To buy a piece of property just to practice shooting? I’d question that premise. It Michigan a gun carrying state? If so, I’m very sorry. Be careful please.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I don’t think they are breaking any laws. Yes MI is an open carry state. I’m steering clear, but I have to wonder which way they are pointing their weapons. The big bulldozed pile is on the side of the property where if they fire into it and the bullet travels through it heads this way… I did just order some no trespassing or hunting signs to post my property, just in case they are walking out back shining deer.

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      1. Jen says:

        I just look it up. It’s against the law in MI to shine deer.
        “You are not allowed to shine deer if you are in possession of or carrying a weapon in your vehicle. In addition, shining to aid in the hunting of deer or other animals is illegal. Fines for violating state laws are 2,000 dollars or more for shining while hunting and 300 when not hunting.”
        Hmmm

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Sorry, I thought you meant just shooting the guns. They shine deer deep in the forest, very difficult to catch them at it, unless the DNR catches them with dead deer.

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            1. msjadeli says:

              Baiting deer is also illegal in MI but a lot of rural stores have bins of deer carrots and beets for sale 😦

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              1. Jen says:

                I’m lost for words. 😑

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  2. How incredibly sad 😢. I loved your poem and the accompanying art is terrific Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes it is, Christine 😦 I feel sorry for the deer who hang out on my property. They do travel around and if they walk the wrong way…

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  3. memadtwo says:

    I’m so sorry Jade. For you, for them, for us. (Yes I do want to take away their guns…) (k)

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  4. Sadje says:

    Must be so uncomfortable for you and your neighbors.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes, it is. I do wonder if the next door neighbors had any inkling this was what they planned on doing with the property. I hope not 😦

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      1. Sadje says:

        Yes, it’d they knew, they weren’t very wise with their decisions

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  5. too many of these atrocities Lisa! We have been having them in our shopping centers too! 😥

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Oh Cindy, it does seem to be epidemic 😦

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  6. That’s just terrible, Lisa. Even after having lived in the U.S. for more than 25 years, I still have a hard time understanding this country’s gun culture. I’m not saying guns should be forbidden, but reasonable gun regulations are long overdue. Most gun owners seem to agree. No civilian needs military style assault weapons and high capacity magazines. And if they think they do, they should have their brains checked. Most politicians are either in the pockets of the gun lobby or don’t have the balls to take them on.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Christian, I used to be afraid that the government would have us under totalitarian rule if we gave up any guns at all. Now I’m more worried about the neo-fascists under drumpf that want to take the government under their control.

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  7. Dale says:

    Beautifully written; horrible scenario. I don’t know what I would do if that type of neighbour moved in next door. Ugh.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Ugh(ly) is right — every time I drive by there and see the bulldozed lot with no other purpose now.

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      1. Dale says:

        Such a shame…

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  8. stacey says:

    I can’t believe you found a way to be creative even with a disturbing, unsettling situation, Li! The poem is crisp and precise, painting the picture clearly. But, yeah, not good, especially if there’s no end in sight and this is just how they…are. 😦

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I know! I ordered some no hunting signs and will post them. I also want to ask my neighbor across the street whose property continues to across the street from where the lot is to see if he wants some of the extras to post. I’m guessing shooting at a pile of bulldozed trees, roots, shrubs, etc. gets boring after awhile (and may already have gotten boring by the evidence of booms in the middle of the night.) What’s interesting is that the only no trespassing signs I see on this mile between cross streets is a mile down the road 😦 I also saw quite a few drumpf et al signs up at election time. I had my front yard full of Dem signs for this past November election. They won’t be surprised to see the no trespassing signs 🙂

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  9. selizabryangmailcom says:

    Man, I hope that works. I hope they chill out. That would just be my worst nightmare. Uggggh. Hang in there! Maybe they WILL get bored soon and it’ll just kinda trail off….

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  10. Badfinger (Max) says:

    There is a place for shooting guns…like a shooting range NOT in a neighborhood. I can’t believe they get by with that. We have hunting around where we are but it is farther off…we have 3 acres around us so that helps a little anyway.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I thought shooting/hunting had to be 500 feet from any dwelling?? Not sure but as much as they shoot am shocked nobody has called on them yet. My signs arrived today and I need to get a few out there. Not much of my property is frontage and I’m guessing they come in from the side, but still, it will be posted. Am glad you don’t have any trouble with gun nuts. I’m going to walk down there tomorrow and take a pic from the road to show what the lot looks like — and of course my posted sign — in lavender, no less 🙂

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      1. Badfinger (Max) says:

        Most of the people around me are respectful about guns. I lived next to a special ops guy that made guns in his basement legally for the government. He was all about responsibility and taught me a lot. I have nothing against them IF they are responsible. Personally I don’t own one… Unfortunately your new people are NOT.

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