Gursh from Texas

I appreciate the novelty of bloodied t-shirts
and the screaming girlfriends that come along
with such.
I have seen the human existence
pinned against the wall.
Eyes full of terror
as the boot was beaten into his face
over and over and over again.
So much so, that at the ripe old age of 16
I wanted to do something.
I wanted to end his suffering.
I saw his eyes give way to faint awareness.
I saw the blood in mores code.
I saw the hatred of man.
I saw futures being destroyed.

I was there against the wall, trembling.
I was there against the wall, knowing what I know.


Ray Strickland Jr.

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