my enemy stood before me

face to face

in the afternoon sun

i was close enough

to see the fear

in his almond eyes

i had a gun

he didn’t


i hesitated


could i really kill him

here in cold blood

they say you should

never hesitate

but i just couldn’t

pull the trigger

he most likely

had a family like me


i hesitated


he slowly began

to back away from me

i had to let him go

i would never tell

the others

but i was secretly glad

when he bolted

for the woods

antlers held high

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