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I CAN'T BREATHE

In memory of---- all lives taken by unfair justice.

 Solely in my room, I can't stomach the sound of my pulse
 I sit here alone to forget the taste of air
Deluge by the scenery - unbelievable footage 18 seconds long,  
Eric Garner GONE...   NEVERMORE

Here we are again, 8 minutes to never be revived
 "I can't breathe." My Judgment "Lacks Respect" 
The Last Straw... George Floyd, murdered in broad day

 I use to fear wreckless colors, now I fear spinning bright lights
The Red, White, and Blue, I spew you
 What's wrong with your sense of humanity? 
You see him, you want to deprive his oxygen
What a day to trade --
 a life for illegal cigarettes, a fraudulent check.
 Persecution and judgment day, his life - packed in a box.
 "I can't breathe"    executed for all to experience

  When bullets fly high, who's policing the police?
What happened to mind my business? 
Haunting voice tackled by racism, pouring heavy hearts
Clowns in the background silenced one's testament, 
Pleading,  "I can't breathe!"  
Where did his vigilant vitals go? 
 No one to tap out, pound the pavement
What the hell, why are you just standing there?
Mr. Officer, can you not see Sandra's, struggle?
Tension, anger, madness, the voice of innocence "I can't breathe."  
The volume of valium "Officer, did you not hear the cry?" 
Now they sleep..............
Ears on mute, blue lives heart can't compute
Have you forgotten how to save a life?
Is it whites or 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 mother of all chokeholds, taking a knee without a movement.
Murdered, outnumbered
The echoes remain "I can't breathe!" - The truth! 
Eric Garner, George Floyd, and then others robbed of their natural path 
One man eyed suspiciously, perplexed minds suffocating him instantly
The mistrusted, the awe, the hate, so tangible uniforms use deadly force
Slamming heads on the floor, open wounds, worldwide tears
My heart extends to the friends and family 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 safer world, where racial discrimination doesn't exist 
"I can't breathe," 

Much to our dismay, 
We should fight injustice and stand for equality.

Gorge Floyd,  Rest in peace!

BY: P.D.

#ican'tbreathe

Copyright © Poet Destroyer A | Year Posted 2020

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Date: 9/23/2020 11:58:00 AM

This is such an amazingly written and deep poem... Awesome!!
Date: 8/31/2020 7:35:00 AM

You poems are awesome, and breathtaking. I enjoyed each line you penned.
Date: 7/19/2020 11:50:00 AM

My dear friend,you are better and better each passing year. I thank the Heavens for such a rare gift bestowed on mankind. Well penned.
Date: 7/12/2020 11:09:00 PM

You have been gone P.D. but you have returned if only for a brief moment of pouring out your soul...so I am happy and sad, happy a friendly face is still around, but sad that the George Floyd's death happened. ~ Peace be with you old friend
Date: 7/1/2020 7:40:00 PM

i cant find the words to say....just exactly what your words display....it is like the color of my skin....to the police is a sin....i move in peace, i engage with Love....but for a black man, they only see o.j.s glove....we are not all the same....and for them, its a real shame....because if they truly knew what i have to offer....then of suspects, i would be offf that roster....so powerful my Beautiful friend....;)
Date: 6/29/2020 1:55:00 AM

Snaps, snaps, snaps Great poem!
Date: 6/29/2020 12:43:00 AM

Nice poem... contemporary... relevant.. deep ..touching. Thank you Love Radhika Sanoj
Date: 6/28/2020 10:12:00 AM

Definitely Destroyed it!
Date: 6/27/2020 3:29:00 PM

Amen. We cannot let fear and anger feed the monster and now is not the time for taking selfies or splashing out on cosmetic surgery or seeing who can throw the most money at the issue. We need to dig deep to clean out old wounds. I write from a distance in nz. My most recent poems - can you feel the fear and where has all the money gone is my two cents worth on this. Stay strong David in NZ Excellent write
Date: 6/23/2020 11:16:00 AM

A great fair awesome poem on the deadly malpractice , indeed the important question of who is policing the police!! Deadly uniforms yes! Your phrasing is top notch and fab and you express it all taxing every heart for equality. Kudos!! ................. ---- ...Plz pleez do read and comment my newest piece, a prose and do also read the articles and data I have copy pasted in comment section below that poem so you will corroborate the matter further.
Date: 6/22/2020 1:17:00 PM

A very powerful write Linda. We must all do our part to change our history so we don't keep repeating past mistakes stakes. Blessings xxoo
Date: 6/20/2020 2:36:00 PM

Your pen is powerful, PD. It always was. You let us open our hearts to see where discrimination lies, because...as you said, we can all be criminals at times. Still, the "time" must justify the crime. He didn't need to die...as you mentioned. Hope this is a new page in history. Great write. As always.
Date: 6/14/2020 9:14:00 AM

A touching evocative poem! Well-writ! Bes luck for the win.
Date: 6/13/2020 5:56:00 AM

Great work :-) Linda Checkout my Soupmail too
Date: 6/12/2020 11:27:00 AM

Thank you. What a great, patriotic way to return to PS, and speak TRUTH TO THE POWERFUL PROTECTORS OF POLICE. Thank you, thank you, God Bless you Dear Child of America & The Earth amen
Date: 6/10/2020 12:02:00 PM

Great Poem and well spoken of the matter. George Floyd did not deserve that but God is watching over him now and vengeance is his! No one deserves unfair justice. God Bless you and congratulations making it to the top 100 poems of the month.
Date: 6/10/2020 10:27:00 AM

Powerful poetry, Linda! I am grateful you have come back when needed most. It's sad history keeps repeating itself, sad that this brutality and injustice has occurred. It reminds me of the poem, "First They Came"..."then they came for me". We all have to take a stand or history will continue to repeat itself. Floyd, Gardner, Taylor, Arbery, all the way back to Amadou Diallo who was unarmed and shot by police 41 times...enough is enough. Keep the poetry coming! God bless you, Rhonda xx
Date: 6/9/2020 1:02:00 AM

This is sure an impact poem, the message clear, the words powerful, honest and emotional...love this Linda...Stay Safe,
Date: 6/8/2020 9:34:00 PM

WOW! After about two years of publishing, you came out strong, powerful and highly expressive with this one. This is so outspoken, direct and flows with the energy and mood of the title. I wish you write more because I have missed your works. Great write, and I am wishing you success in the contest.
Date: 6/8/2020 7:13:00 PM

BLACK LIVES MATTER,great poem i'm back,see you're still destroying
Date: 6/8/2020 12:06:00 PM

A powerful, touching, thought provoking piece!! It striked every nerve of mine while reading.
Date: 6/7/2020 4:55:00 PM

Your wonderful poem has such impactful meaning Linda. Change will come and he and others who lost their lives sadly, but will not be in vein. Blessings xxoo
Date: 6/7/2020 8:36:00 AM

People are not just praying for change; around the world we are kneeling, and marching. Heartfelt rendering Linda, I stand with you. xomo
Date: 6/7/2020 6:36:00 AM

You made me shed a tear, its been so long since the last time I read one of your poems that I'd almost forgotten what a powerful poet you are, and what a straight cut knife you can be. Thank you for being the kind of woman who can write like this, and get her point across. I'm joining forces with you in prayer, hope, and love. From across the screen I live on your page, for a little while only, so I better say thank you Linda. xo
Date: 6/7/2020 5:12:00 AM

Such an emotional poem which appeals to all those of good will. Justice must take it course, otherwise our very own lives will gradually be smothered ... and then "I can't breathe" could apply to us too. Glad to see you back with a bang, Linda...you've been missed. Hugs // paul
Date: 6/6/2020 11:16:00 AM

Thanks for commenting on my Ashes poem. ;0)
Date: 6/6/2020 10:47:00 AM

the evil that binds men's souls will not go quietly into the night, you have expressed the outrage those of good hearts feel and hold with disgust...welcome back, Dear Poet
Date: 6/6/2020 9:24:00 AM

An amazing piece of writing PD, so telling and effective showing the real purpose of the pen. Great to see you back, you've been missed!! Hope all is well with you, Blessings always,Gordon
Date: 6/6/2020 9:01:00 AM

Good to see you again PD, The criminals are sometimes dressed in blue and the scales of justice never seem to favor people of color, A sad day for our country in so many ways, Powerful write...hugs
Date: 6/6/2020 8:06:00 AM

A very powerful verse Linda, I will ponder your thoughts and words today. There are many questions we need to ask ourselves...how am I living my life? What kind of society do I want to live in? We all silently cried as we watched the video. Changes need to be made. Unfortunately, there has always been discrimination and there always will be; you can’t legislate what’s in another person’s heart. And it’s most unfortunate when the discrimination occurs in those hired to protect us. Stay safe. John
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