darkness at the hands of the blue

we’ve been around
this block before
we shouldn’t be surprised
but still somehow it shocks us
when another black man dies
at the hands of the blue
if there was no video
then nobody
would ever know
so keep on taking pictures,
keep your cameras rolling
it makes me worry
how many more
that no one’s
heard from any more
these days we’ve got to
do our own patrolling

and everybody knows
they’ll walk
that’s how it always goes
they’ll walk
and live happily ever after
far away from the lives they’ve shattered
lives that don’t matter
to the hands of the blue

this shit will never stop
if they never give a cop a penalty
courtesy, respect,
that’s what they’ll never get from me
until they give it
and until they do their time…
murder is a crime, if you’re civilian,
but boy put on the blue and you can kill some too
and hide that part of you that is reptilian
© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by bykst, courtesy pixabay.com
Daily prompt – darkness

the ignorant intolerant

hate pastor
Baptist pastor praises Orlando shooter for killing gays

i try to be open
to all types of humans
but i find it hard to
the ignorant intolerant
who live their lives
as haters
who think their rights
are greater
who lack a whole-world
and hide behind religion
their blasphemy appalls
they have no souls at all
like the killers they admire
and i hope the man downstairs
is warming up their chairs
by the fire


© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
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