Thin Blue Line

by Kiko   Jun 19, 2020


A white knee
Like a vice
Like a noose
Clamps down on a black neck
And is held there
Until lungs collapse
And pulse fades out
And lips that begged for breath are tinted blue
Like the blue uniforms of his executioners
Like the blue background on the American flag
Standing for justice
For those safely ensconced behind the thin blue line
Now wrapped around our cities
In full riot gear
Pumping out clouds of teargas
To quell the flames of outrage and rebellion
It has ignited
Once again

—In memory of George Floyd

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  • 2 months ago

    by Hellon

    So nice to see a poem from you Eric...it's been way too long! and...a winner too, congrats!!!

    I'm not a lover normally of repeating words "like' but, I understand the need to use it to stress this terrible situation and, it certainly works.

  • 3 months ago

    by Ben Pickard

    To be honest, I wanted to comment at length on this piece, but it would be entirely unnecessary as your words convey all that needs to be said perfectly.

    All the best,

    Ben

  • 3 months ago

    by Karla

    Bravo!!!

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