🍅 tomāto, tomăto, tomatoes – #Tanka

We are all vibrant
A myriad of colors
Eradicating

Harmful free radicals found
In humanities garden

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Indiscriminately ~ #Tanka #Poem

Sultry wind danced
To melodic fluttering
With all of the leaves

Every shape, size and color
Tangoed together at once


Oh yes, a prompt with an extra twist – sponsored by Colleen Chesebro at: https://colleenchesebro.com/2017/12/12/colleens-weekly-tanka-tuesday-poetry-challenge-62-bells-past/

Law Enforcement

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Let’s cut the red tape and protective tethers
Away from the modern-day views that now prove
We have digressed from equality and respect

Excessive force hides behind bulletproof vests
Notwithstanding casualties within their own nests
Force sworn to serve and protect the community
Our peace officers no longer represent a unity
Revolting in desperate anguish from city-to-city
Countless loved ones die and all we can do is cry
Empathy and mercy is hard with justice uncharged
Memorials, a form of media’s art that bleeds dark
Emptying of conscience for the lives unfairly taken
Never to know future dreams stopped in the making
Tempered by the honorable few not forsaken

*Acrostic Poetry


This piece was written as part of collaborative effort, which was rejected for its aggression.  I respect that I’ll never really know what it’s like, as I am white.  However, I know the difference between wrong and right, so I choose to stand on the side of humanity.

As the saying goes, perception is reality, and this is simply a creative reflection on how I see things around me. It is not meant to fuel any hate or animosity. I see good and bad in everybody, especially our police.

 

Protests Rage (repost)

You had the ability to stifle much of this anger
By simply modifying your nonchalant demeanor
Express a symptom of human compassion and remorse
For ending a life early, in the line of duty, you enforced
Words you so carefully choose with an inexpressive face
Reflects solely on your disgrace and fuels community rage
Break your silence with something worth hearing; a sincere apology
Give the distraught community something else to believe
Or continue to maintain a faultless conscious as protests rage
Across this great and mighty nation where justice can’t assuage