Eric Cockrell

His Own Small Store - Poem by Eric Cockrell

he's just an old man...
working behind the counter
of his own small store
for forty years...

the young toughs
kept robbing him...
grabbing stuff off the shelves
and running...

threatening him,
and the old woman...
till they lived in fear
day and night...

then they went too far!
coming across the counter
and grabbing him by the collar:
'give me the money, old man! '

quick, and sudden,
the gunshot rings out...
the young tough falls
to the floor in a
puddle of blood...

now the old man's going to court
for excessive use of force,
and an unregistered handgun...

to the halls of justice,
sterile and cold...
the stench of dignity dying
fills the air...

and the hands on the clock
cant be turned back!

Comments about His Own Small Store by Eric Cockrell

  • Savano Istork (9/29/2012 6:59:00 PM)

    Powerful. Realistic. I loved it. Your a great poet (Report)Reply

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  • Jim Troy (9/1/2011 7:07:00 AM)

    Now there is that Eric at his best....Circling the wagons.... to defend against
    the varmits of his old world..... Tellin it like it is cowboy.....way to go.

    Jim Troy

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  • Terence George Craddock (8/31/2011 8:47:00 AM)

    poignant in sorrow, powerfully insightful, a scenario sadly not endemic
    to just one culture or country, justice has failed common people who
    cannot purchase lawyers who loophole powerful criminals to freedom 10+

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Poem Edited: Wednesday, August 31, 2011

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