Screams of terror and anguish
Young men and women lie bleeding in the street.
Life leaving them as their blood flows and coats the asphalt
Hopes, dreams and aspirations dissipate with the last exhale
This is not Iraq, Afghanistan or Baghdad
Not a war torn country
Terrorists are in this country that dares to call itself
The United States of America
The only unity that can be seen is the common thread of violence.
No one is his brother’s keeper
Instead the grim reaper
Is the god of those thirsty for revenge
Easier to worship the finality of the bullet
Stand and watch his brother die
Rob him of dignity
Lying in the street
Dead eyes wide open
Staring at a man who looks like him
But cannot see himself
He is resigned to die the same way at the hands of his brother.
Those who are drunk with the power of their pledge to protect and serve
Who is being protected?
Who is being served?
The badge that gleams
The gun in the holster
Brings no comfort to a neighborhood filled with shades of brown
Sheets of white are now blue
Same tactics of Jim
Discriminate and agitate
Feign cause to raise the gun
Pull the trigger
All the while thinking die nigger.
People dragged from the rich shores of Africa
To the desolate shores of the New World.
Are still bound by shackles.
Carefully planned well laid traps to keep them
Disenfranchised, disenchanted, discontented, distressed, discouraged, disconnected, disturbed, disheartened and disempowered.
Feelings of rage are overtaking
Adrenalin rushes are fueling the all-consuming hopelessness
Of those who do not know if being a shade of brown
Will cause them to be gunned down
Hands raised in surrender
Praying to live another day
If not, then to see the pearly gates
Men with misguided ideas of honor
Fire bullets randomly
Not caring who dies
Everyone needs to know he is in charge.
He is the god of the streets.
Who allows you to breathe.
Even in this turmoil
Hope, they say, springs eternal.
Take a long drink.
Let it hydrate your being.
Nurturing the seed deep within
that will manifest anew love, joy and peace.
©August 15, 2014