Eric Cockrell

Fight Back - Poem by Eric Cockrell

fight back!
another store robbed,
broad daylight.

over the counter,
grab the money
from the register...

tries to run...
clerk hanging on,
another clerk joining in...

an elderly black woman trips
the suspect, another old man
jumps in to help....

had him down twice,
but he got away...
battered and bruised...

he'll think a while
before he comes back...
common everyday people

just trying to help....

an old car broke down
on the side of the road...
an elderly man standing there,

looking lost... two more old men
stop, and slowly but surely
push him down the road

to the nearest station....
common everyday people,
just trying to help....

the old couple evicted,
trying to load up what they can...
two sets of neighbors

come out and start helping,
borrow a truck, and start loading,
and scuff a few dollars

for gas and food....
common everyday people
just trying to help....

lay down your pipes,
your guns, turn off your tv's.
stop what you're doing...

fight back!

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, October 8, 2011

Poem Edited: Saturday, October 8, 2011

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