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 NY Police 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?
Moneymaking, 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 echoes remain "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

Copyright © | Year Posted 2014

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Date: 12/6/2016 11:47:00 PM
awesome job! wow! just....wow!
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Date: 9/18/2016 2:55:00 AM
Very meaningful write my dear sister Linda. But U will never find a place where there is no racism.Yes, in this case U can only survive by avoiding racism. u conveyed no. of meaningful messages through this poem. I really enjoyed from start to end. My dear sister, U r not visiting my work. Try to visit.Bye, take care.........// hugs
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Date: 9/14/2016 8:25:00 AM
you took me there.
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Date: 9/12/2016 8:11:00 AM
I enjoyed reading this one again Linda.
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Date: 9/8/2016 7:30:00 PM
I decided to check out some of your work. But when I got to this one I was left speechless. I cant find the words to tell you just how beautifully written this is. All I can say is wow this is amazing
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Date: 8/3/2016 11:16:00 AM
Hi Linda, just read this for the first time. Cant believe i havent read it before now. Used to be a badge was something you respected and looked up to, and not something you feared. Cleary a gun and a badge is proving to be an enemy of the common citizen. You have expressed quite vividly the disgust felt by all. Great write my friend. Blessings Always, Carl
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Date: 7/17/2016 4:14:00 PM
Your words hold so much power and such wisdom. such angst yet control in your mannerisms of writing. Your rhythm combined with your ability to portray a story is what made this piece so immensely powerful. This is beautiful, dark and deep. It touches your soul and your mind and that in and of its self its is isnspiring. Thankyou.
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Date: 1/19/2016 10:23:00 PM
This is just a big wow for me because I love it great job:)
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Date: 12/26/2015 8:11:00 PM
Wow astonishing love it!!
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Date: 10/25/2015 7:25:00 PM
Beautiful work. A work with great imagery and strength.
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Date: 10/8/2015 11:47:00 AM
This is so powerful...I absolutely love this. :) -LU
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Date: 9/16/2015 10:00:00 PM
Wow dear friend what a poem of great power it was a very tragic happening, that should have never happened but you've written about with a thor's hammer of realism, and shown the shock waves of truth in this work of yours, cheri
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Date: 8/25/2015 10:16:00 PM
Wow Linda, you are the staunch soul for true ! Awesome dedication dear poet. When I was thirty three I was handcuffed , shoved into a police cruser and beaten to a pulp by several police officers who took turns beating the dickens out of me. I am certainly elated that you have the express such ! Have a wonderful week....much love, james
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Date: 8/11/2015 1:53:00 AM
I can't breath is a great poem it had style and grace when you write with intensity it brings out the poet out of you!
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Date: 8/1/2015 4:16:00 PM
Congratulations you have 3130 views on this poetry. The town near us only has 2800 residents.....WOW ...
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Date: 5/14/2015 12:46:00 PM
iIt is powerful to say the least. I do wonder have you been through that or something you have seen. Please don't get me wrong. I just wonder where the feeling comes from, NOSEY LIKE THAT. Loved it
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Date: 5/7/2015 1:34:00 PM
That is what we express wow!! Really a wow poem and I enjoyed your writing. Thanks for stopping by my poems...XOXO
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Date: 5/6/2015 8:53:00 AM
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Date: 4/26/2015 11:31:00 AM
Hi Linda.. I enjoyed reading your fabulous write "I Can't Breathe" today.. Congratulations on your first place win in Cyndi's contest!
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Date: 4/25/2015 9:34:00 AM
Hello ever dearest poet sis & BFF of mine. Coming back to adore once again this priceless gem of yours and to extend my warmest CONGRATS on your great win! Cheers and many hugs to you from me! Thank you so much again for sharing! By the way, TYSM also for your lovely replies. Sorry, if I just logged in coz my notebook was with my brother for 3 wks. Now it's back with me but he's now back home in our country :-((. Again, TYTYSM. God bless you. Many hugs! Miss u much, Leonora
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Date: 4/19/2015 4:24:00 AM
It is the best from what I read so far..I will be waiting for more of your work.. n.n
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Date: 4/18/2015 6:36:00 PM
Thanks for the Call Cyndi, it was nice seeing my poem showcased on your list... LINDA
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Date: 4/16/2015 1:08:00 PM
wow Linda a write of strength fortitude and very powerful about a terrible killing kudos congrats on win hugs 7
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Date: 4/16/2015 8:36:00 AM
Powerful write Linda...The police are out of control ...
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Date: 4/9/2015 3:38:00 PM
The poem evokes powerful emotions!
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