|Gun, a Black woman by Roland Dawson.|
Hmmm... I had to pause intellectual probing into why this subject triggered emotions, strong ones within me. Because we live in a violent country killers abound justified by credos that defend senseless reasoning, and adhere to allegiance to the cause Europeans thoughts in their conquests. But, the allusion to suicide with a Black woman as the subject is odd because Black woman's spirit makes the possibility of suicide absurd. It is too far outside the vernacular of their spirits.
The shotgun rounds on the floor; a hand gun? There is something outside the picture missing from the story, perhaps... An interesting piece, Roland!!!
There is something else dark in this captured moment. The woman's finger is on the trigger. Proper training dictates that is the moment one discharges the weapon. So, this is about suicide. But, why? Black women give up in different ways and value their faces. Also, guns are too masculine suggesting the woman is military trained with proficiency in weaponry: shotgun and a hand gun...
Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories
April 10, 2017