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I Can't Breathe

In memory of----

Solely in my room, I can't stomach the sound of my heartbeat.
I sit here alone to forget the taste of air, 
Overwhelmed by the scene -unbelievable footage
18 seconds too long, "I can't breathe."
My judgement is gone, stressing all night long
I use to fear dark colors, now I fear spinning bright lights
Red, White, and Blue,  I spew the NYPolice crew
What's wrong with your blue eyes?
You see him, you want to mess with him
What a day to trade  --  a life for illegal cigarettes
Persecution and judgment day, a sweet life taken away
"I can't breathe", executed in broad daylight!

Bullies left and right
What happened to minding our business?
Money making, refusing to be singled out 
a hurting voice tackled by racism 
Free to see, pouring his heavy heart,
Oinker's demand the ground, leaving out his testament
8 times too many, "I can't breathe!"
Where did his vitals go? 
Can someone please pound the pavement!

Stress, anger, madness, the voices of the innocent
"I can't breathe." the volume of valium
"Officer, did you not hear the man?"
Are you deaf, have you forgotten how to save a life?
Is it just the NYPD or is it every other badge,
insinuating crime's a one-color show.
We are all criminals, why the excessive heat?
Shot, tasered, beat down, pepper sprayed,  now on the ground
The choke hold of all choke holds, murdered and out numbered 
The echo remains "I can't breathe!"

- the truth.
Eric Garner robbed of his own natural path and youth
One man down eyed suspiciously 
Perplexed minds suffocating him instantly
The mistrusted, the fear, the hate,  
So tangible, uniforms using deadly force
One asthmatic in a choke hold
Slamming his head on the flooring
Open wounds, worldwide tears

My heart goes to the family and friends left behind
A courageous last breath, for the first and last time
"I can't breathe," now deceased.
You left this world unwilling, waking up a strong community
Strolling in a  better world, where racism don't exist
"I can't breathe,"  Eric Garner Rest in peace!

By: PD

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  1. Date: 12/22/2014 7:39:00 AM

    Great to have you back, dear Linda! This is excellent work, so well expressed as always about the unfortunate incident... Merry Christmas and I hope 2015 rocks for you and yours:) hugs.
  1. Date: 12/21/2014 10:51:00 PM

    I am moved by this outstanding poem, PD! I can tell you put your heart and soul into every line. Congratulations on being chosen TPOD and welcome back! Merry Christmas and blessings in the new year...hugs, Rhonda
  1. Date: 12/21/2014 9:43:00 PM

    Hi Linda, back to congratulate you on Poem of the Day, much deserved my friend. So glad to have you back!
  1. Date: 12/21/2014 4:07:00 PM

    dropping back with my congrats on poem of the day :-) Hugs jan xxx
  1. Date: 12/21/2014 3:33:00 PM

    Very expressive, Linda. Another unfortunate incident that could have had a totally different outcome. Glad to see your pen flowing again. // paul
  1. Date: 12/21/2014 3:10:00 PM

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vAyitZPcMo Here is the conclusion of what you had to say. Think about this while you are reading what you just created which is such a same we hated instead of a long life celebrated, Jim Horn
  1. Date: 12/21/2014 2:27:00 PM

    Poem of the Day! congratulations and a socially relevant write as well, hats off to you.
  1. Date: 12/21/2014 1:55:00 PM

    It is regrettable what happened..There needs to be a better way to handle these situations and I know that a better way is coming..We can't just do anything we want and expect to get away with it(that is if it is illegal) but more traning needs to be done for law officers..Good political work that you have penned..Sara
  1. Date: 12/21/2014 12:28:00 PM

    Well done here P D, such a waste of a life caused by overbearing authority, when will there be 2 way dialogue..? Brings to mind (Brian Haw) and heavy authority actions again..'
  1. Date: 12/21/2014 10:47:00 AM

    May his memory never be forgotten but serve to guide us to peace and justice. Congrats on the POTD.
  1. Date: 12/21/2014 9:49:00 AM

    Congratulations on this gem being chosen as poem of the day!
  1. Date: 12/21/2014 9:47:00 AM

    Beautifully laid out. A significant piece. Welcome back!
  1. Date: 12/21/2014 9:39:00 AM

    The compassion and despair, is wrapped in every line. Let us hope that the world will someday overcome such tragedy and disillusionment....and most of all, hate. God Bless, PD.
  1. Date: 12/21/2014 9:34:00 AM

    Linda, a smart write that touches the heart but doesn't stop there. This one makes it to the brain where the reader must consider all that these events mean on a more universal scale. Love your pe and its so good to read your work again!
  1. Date: 12/21/2014 8:18:00 AM

    Congratulations on poem of the day, Linda. Have a blessed day and a happy Merry Christmas
  1. Date: 12/21/2014 7:57:00 AM

    What a great write. Claws, and grabs one's attention, demands deeper look at such a stark reality. Congratulations! A 7 for me. Kim Patrice :)
  1. Date: 12/21/2014 7:07:00 AM

    Hi this is a great poem, compliments
  1. Date: 12/21/2014 5:57:00 AM

    Congrats on the feature
  1. Date: 12/21/2014 5:36:00 AM

    This is wonderful, I am totally happy to see your proactive and productive mind at work again; congratulation on the POD and welcome back to your art Linda...merry Christmas.
  1. Date: 12/21/2014 5:32:00 AM

    - Dear Linda - Congratulations on your P.O.T.D. !!!! - Merry Christmas .... enjoy and relax :) - oxox // Anne-Lise :)
  1. Date: 12/21/2014 4:39:00 AM

    dark and deep write Linda nice to see you writing again keep it up we all miss you terribly the colour of Soup without you is matte hugs
  1. Date: 12/20/2014 10:49:00 PM

    This is amazing, PD. You really did justice to his memory. Your words are powerful and strong. welcome back!
  1. Date: 12/20/2014 7:16:00 PM

    Linda this is a powerful write of realism, It is stark contrast of our troubled times, In this world of ours but their is hope, within faith devotion and in the eyes of our young. Thank you also for your comments I appricate it a lot just really tired tonight and have to get up early again in the morning so I'll make this a short sign off, take care Linda hope all goes well for you
  1. Date: 12/20/2014 6:08:00 PM

    An unfilled life . . . a sadness remains as a witness against humanity. Your poem touched my heart.
  1. Date: 12/20/2014 5:02:00 PM

    Well written D you worked your magic. I like how you played with words. That's good
  1. Date: 12/20/2014 3:39:00 PM

    I am glad you are back p.d.How are you ?This is an outstanding poem p.d.Unfortunately racism still exists.I wonder when human will learn that We are all so alike. Have a blessed Christmas pd. You and yours.
  1. Date: 12/20/2014 2:24:00 PM

    WOW, Linda, you outdid yourself. AN excellent one. For your first time back posting in over a month, you did so well here. Gotta fave this one.
  1. Date: 12/20/2014 12:57:00 PM

    Hi Linda: A very poetic protest, my compliments
  1. Date: 12/20/2014 11:46:00 AM

    A poignant and heartfelt write Linda.....powerful ...fav...good to see you...hugs
  1. Date: 12/20/2014 9:46:00 AM

    A very profound and insightful write, dear PD. Great to hear from you - have missed you on soup. I appreciated your comments re Don't Blame the Copes. A very Merry Christmas to you and your family and thx for your continuing support and encouragement - bob h
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