What If I Were There?

Put a name to the faces you killed.
They were students, innocents.
If I were there I would have tried
To stop you from your rampage.

The gun would have been pointed at me,
But I would tell you who I am.
I too am a student,
I have a family and hopes for the future.

Would you have shot me then?

I am planning on helping people,
Planning on ministering to the troubled.
I want to have a family, a son and daughter.
I was planning on a writing career.

Would you have shot me then?

I have a brother in the military.
He is coming to my graduation.
I may not see him afterwards,
For then he goes back to Iraq.

Would you have shot me then?

My parents are proud of me.
They do not travel often,
So graduation would be a treat.
My mother wants to see me accomplish something.

Would you have shot me then?

Would you have shot me,
If you knew my face and hopes and dreams?
What if I were there in front of you,
To stop you from killing otheres?
Would you have shot me then?

What if I were there?