Tom J. Mariani

Rookie (January 1948 / San Francisco, CA)

And Then He Just Fell Down - Poem by Tom J. Mariani

'Former boxing world champion
Johnny Tapia was in critical condition
at a Los Vega hospital
after apparently falling at his home

and losing consciousness
early Saturday, hours after
he was charged with
possessing drug paraphernalia.

Tapia, a five -time world chanpion
with a history of problems with the law and drugs
had returned to his home in Las Vegas
after the confrontation with poilce

and was with his wife, Teresa,
when he fell
according to Trayce Zimmerman,
Tapia's publicist.

'(Teresa) said he felt depressed,
and then he just fell down
and lost consciousness.'
Zimmerman said.

Tapia,35 was placed
on a respirator and was
being treated for head trama
Zimmerman said. - Assiciated Press

Comments about And Then He Just Fell Down by Tom J. Mariani

  • (12/28/2007 3:22:00 PM)

    You know, this is a strange 'poem, ' because at first, it just seems factual, a news report...but then you start to think of this life, wasted, thrown out for a 'high.'
    That line, and then he just fell down..........covers more in six words than a lot of very long poems, and makes me stop and think...

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  • (11/24/2007 2:10:00 PM)

    news bulletin another wasted life.Strange theres very little good news to report OR is only bad news good news (Report)Reply

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  • (11/24/2007 8:06:00 AM)

    A poem of immeasurable sadness. Excellent writing indeed.

    Warm regards,


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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Poem Edited: Monday, April 25, 2011

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