Lip greedy.
Steeling kisses.

A thousand slaps
in the face.

Consequence batter.
No wound to salt.

Walk away simple.
Never pursued.

Not once.
Until today.

Police encounter.
Disbelief stunned.

Not an electric gun.
Accountability shock.

No tantrum.
No guttural curses.

Official processing.

Lighter wallet.

Colonel bucket stop.
Not home on time.

Football game.
Monday night.

copyright © 2021 Kenneth P. Gurney


You were under
cardiac arrest
and the police
shot you
seven times
for being
and unresponsive
to their questions.

Their diagnosis
and treatment
judged your
condition solely
through their eyes
and measured
their level of fear
first and foremost.

The report
given to
the local news
stated you died
while trying
to escape.

copyright © 2021 Kenneth P. Gurney