Justified Use of Force


This summer I told a friend that I couldn't write any more poems about police brutality. So here's an old one. Again. I initially wrote this poem in 2002 and when performing it in public through the years have changed/updated the names. Mike Brown  Eric Garner is only the most recent addition to the litany of blood.



Justified Use of Force


Every month there’s a new one

A Diallo, Bell, Brown

Ford, Garner, Rice or me


Clamoring loudly

Broken faces on TV

We ask so many questions

But no one’s forced to answer


With sympathy’s short half-life

Soon most are hoping for the noise to stop

And the questions to disappear once again


Just like us

In our lives

And our deaths



© Gayle Force Press 2014



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