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In the Line of Duty

The heroes are dead and nothing else matters Under a gray sky the women are dressed in black At the grave site hearing homilies paying homage to heroics Their sobs background music to pontificating politicians Under a gray sky the … Continue reading

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Latter-Day Heroes and the Drug War

There was a time when heroes Died on Holy Quests Nowadays they die For meaningless drug arrests Just fulfill the quota Undercover in the field “Buy and bust” the mission Awarded the Gold Shield Quasi-military honors If in battle die … Continue reading

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From my book, “Sometimes Blue Knights Wear Black Hats” — for Eric Garner, RIP

Blue Knight Riders They don’t wear white sheets Or burn crosses in the night, But there’s an unmistakable connection Between these blue and white knights. They kill innocent Black males For horrific crimes real and imagined, And because grand juries … Continue reading

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From my book, “Sometimes Blue Knights Wear Black Hats”: “Stolen Lives”

“Stolen Lives” They march on City Hall, Trailing a long banner, A fragile memorial, Dedicated to mostly young minorities, The fatal victims of police brutality, Of New York’s Finest. As they march they chant: “Police brutality by the hour!” “What … Continue reading

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“Blue Knight Riders,” from my book, Sometimes Blue Knights Wear Black Hats

In light of the Governor of Missouri activating the National Guard, in anticipation of the Grand Jury not indicting the police officer who killed Michael Brown, I decided to post this poem from my book, “Sometimes Blue Knights Wear Black … Continue reading

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