They teach you.

They train you.

They prepare you in every way they know how.

Breath in.

Lower your heart rate.

Breath out.

Squeeze the trigger.

But nothing they do will ever prepare you for the aftermath of taking your first life.


13 thoughts on “Aftermath

  1. I really like the way this reads as instructional steps to take. There’s a lot of tension. I read “breath” as “breathe” the first time I read it and I thought your choice to make it a noun was interesting.

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    1. As I wrote it, I had the choice of writing it as a sequence of events or as a quasi-memoir. It comes across more as a process, accentuating the training portion, versus breathe which would be more the internal way of thinking about it. Not sure if that clarified or made it more confusing.


  2. Great contrast between punchy instructions and feeling. Such a true and clear message – no amount of physical or mental preparation can be enough.


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