Rickey Paul Miller

(Abbeville, Mississippi)

A Shot In The Night

Poem by Rickey Paul Miller

A place just any place.
A time just any time.
What place and time just doesn't matter.
A shot in the night, where is the damn back-up!
Too long, just took them to damn long.
"4 to PD., 4 to PD!
"P.D. to cars received report of shooting on the block."
"4 to P.D. I need the ambulance. I'm already here.
I need back-up."
Where's the damn back-up?
"Damn man, why didn't you throw the
gun down, why?"
Gun got to find the gun, found it, got to
hold onto it.
Where the Hell is the back-up?
Just any place.
Just any time.
A shot in the night.

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 2, 2003