Sunday, February 05, 2023

For Officer Brian Encina,
Citizen Sandra Bland
and our system

If this anger at her
and all she images,
if fear for my ego-invested badge,
this uniform, my being what I am,
had just let her go with a ticket,
respectively given,
case closed.

If this death was by me
and not another…
having given in to despair
letting go the fragile threads of hope
for another sunrise, another day
and said yes to life, to myself.

If our system, this culture,
immersing us in arrogance and despair
could just stop it.

Tom Keene
August 14, 2015