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An American Breakdown - Part Four

This poem is based on the letters and stories of Duke,
a good man, and a legendary Brother,
Welcome Home,
this world hasn't broken you yet Brother -

Confrontations crept quickly around you,
couldn't believe you geared up to go gladitorial
against the leader of the Muslims,
interruptedthe comfort you wete writing to your Mother,
he was shoutin as though the Koran was on fire
but his noise was about interest incurred over " pigskin "  scores,
with no crew or converts to support your court
stepped up stern and told him, " Don't point your finger in my face..."
Allah and Christ converged to settle a debt
they're disciples held from battle by a second's breath,
C.O.'s came from nowhere to shutdown the showdown,

Proud when we knew you played goalkeeper
like a spider pro in the yard,
stoppin shots with the gusto of a hero,
the Mexicans though t you wete a loco web demon,
never let'em call you gringo or white boy without reprisal,
earned respect from all types like a good book,
Rhastafarians, Cubans, Blacks Whites and Browns
all shared their lives with you
as though you were a Pastor caring for the suddenly judged,

Then the day for release arose,
so quiet was the morning,
said it felt like a chain collar slippin off your neck,
shook your celli's hand tightly, no words wasted,
he still had 9 years to go, but you both grinned,
walk out of B - Unit, no threats, with a mission,
get to the final door,
strode across the Compound completely alone,
a desert village, all in doors, watching you,
bystanders in a vision for their own hope,
ar R & D put on a black Puma jogging suit,
received enough cash for a dash
and walked out the lobby of the Hotel Hellbound,
took a soft seat on a Gray Hound bus,
no cuffs, no instructions,
just a 2, 000 mile ride home to build new bones,

Look at you now brave Brother,
an American miracle with strength for others -

J.A.B.

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  1. Date: 4/17/2014 7:18:00 AM

    "TO SHUTDOWN THE SHOWDOWN.. "first two stanzas, thought provoker.. the thirs stanza, need to read again.. :D :) -----olive_eloi :O?

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