young students deliver police report after homicide shooting

young students deliver police report after homicide shooting.

 

cars whizzing by at speed of light

whipping down neighborhood streets

round corners

kids get mowed down quicker than lawns

i dodge carcasses and

ghosts on my drive to school

 

andrea- short-haired, scarred face

a beauty with brain

tumor battered eyesight

accident prone and

crackling laughter for days

 

drea and her friend

stare from bus stop

man gun-in-hand enters scene

in a passing sedan

he slows to meet his mark

 

my two black girls

greet sirens and meet policemen

complete homework, return to school

nothing has happened

they say.

***

i learned recently of the form called the american sentence.  17 syllables, haiku-like, ginsberg-inspired. find out more here. the first line is an american sentence, based on a shooting that happened outside my workplace as i was finishing up my work for the day and students were still leaving school.

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One response to “young students deliver police report after homicide shooting

  1. i’m so sorry and saddened to hear this. you and the students are in my thoughts and prayers. sending love to you, sis.

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