I thought it was a gun

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“I thought it was a gun” by Sharon Rauenzahn

for half a moment, i thought it was a gun

what else would the passenger in one car wave
at the driver of another
on a late night california road?

i had to swerve close to reach the rose
they held out to me,
two guys ignoring the light, making fun

but my heart still beats too loud, even as i write
i thought it was a gun
i think i pulled a muscle in my throat

May 23, 1993 (rev. 9/19/2016)

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