Always Always Always

with diaper on for this woman
to get up off the kitchen floor and stop
bleeding while a man hovers over her
with clinched fist and scowl

for our first grade teacher
to stop crying after hearing
the public address announcement 
that the president had just been 
assassinated in Dallas

for the spirit of Christmas to return
after a news flash that my mother's favorite song
"You Send Me" had just been shot
and killed a few blocks from our home

in the backseat of a Packard
for the policeman to stop screaming
at my father as urban soldiers
tossed fire from their hands in our
neighborhood just outside of Watts

at LAX for Wilt the Stilt
to come back and finish signing autographs
after some idiot had just called him a freak

for the Greatest of All Time to
shake my hand just before climbing 
into the ring to start his comeback 
with an exhibition bout in East Los Angeles

with eighteen year old trembling knees
for that sheriff deputy to remove
his pump action shotgun from my temple

in the delivery room for the
wrong woman to have my child

at a motel for the right woman 
to find the time to slip away

on the side of the ninety one
freeway for a motorcade
to pass shortly after the funeral
of a former president shamed by the
Watergate scandal

and looking while holding onto
the entry gate at 875 S. Bundy Dr.
for some sign of what really happened that night

along with F.E.M.A. and the Red Cross
for the distraught woman
to come with us to safety days after
the Northridge earthquake leveled 
her million dollar home

at the hospital
for my first and only grandchild 
to be born while her father
who's been convicted of battery
is nowhere to be found


Copyright © | Year Posted 2017

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Date: 2/3/2018 10:21:00 AM
Sounds to me like you've been waiting all your life. I remember when Kennedy was assassinated, I was waiting for the bombs to fall. I was only 5 or 6 then, maybe 4. We must be around the same age. 8 have one son and one grandchild only, also. Enjoyed your poem. Hugs, Catie :-)
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Date: 2/3/2018 12:45:00 PM
Catie I was merely pointing out the irony of my life. Thanks for your support.
Date: 11/21/2017 5:45:00 AM
A sad lifelong story. Best wishes for your future days.
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Date: 2/3/2018 12:33:00 PM
Stina I guess you could say this poem is one big outpouring. Thanks for stopping bye..........peace!
Date: 10/14/2017 10:57:00 AM
Well written, I love it!
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Date: 10/14/2017 1:11:00 PM
Thanks for the kind words Rose. This poem was so therapeutic. All the best...................peace!
Date: 9/25/2017 8:45:00 AM
Hello Richard, this is the very first poem of yours I have read. I'm not sure how others react but let me say this; the Life lived in this poem is a testament to the inner strength and determination of one person to see life through to its natural conclusion. Very powerful and emotional read I am so thankful I took the time to view it. Well done my friend and well written
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Date: 9/25/2017 8:57:00 PM
I was writing down events in my life. The word "waiting" kept popping up and I don't know why. The next thing I know poem. I dig when that happens. Thanks my friend.............peace!
Date: 9/24/2017 7:55:00 PM
wow, you covered a lot of ground with this one , Richard. Of course these things happened, but were they all true personal experiences you had yourself? Goodness! It's bad enough to see them on the tv screen. So much injustice in this world that you summed up with this poem.
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Date: 9/24/2017 9:48:00 PM
Yes Andrea everything in this poem actually happened to me. I guess you could say I was reflecting on a life lived so far. Thanks for your support...................peace!
Date: 9/23/2017 8:20:00 PM
It is difficult to put in a few words my reactions to this piece. Anger at the abuse, disappointment at the fact we humans don't seem to be evolving away from violence. Hope for the new life and much more. A poem that calls forth many feelings. Good work!
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Date: 9/24/2017 9:46:00 PM
Poetry is therapy for me. It beats the heck out of taking a pill. Thanks for stopping bye..................peace!