Can’t breathe in the USA

Can’t breathe in the usa
Can’t breathe uh huh
Can’t breathe uh huh

In a major news story today not one black man was killed or injured by a white police officer.
Promises were made to correct this oversight. Overnight.
Can’t breathe
if you’re black in the usa
not that
Hispanics, GLBT’s and TPT (Trailer park trash)
aren’t also in season for the PHT -Police Hunting team..
Can’t breathe
if you protest in the USA
or even if you wwb (walk while black)
in certain places in america
where there’s a limit on hunting deer but not….

Can’t breathe
can’t talk, can’t walk, can’t sing a simple song
in the afternoon, if it’s the wrong afternoon
if it’s the wrong street, if it’s just wrong
for someone like you to….
Understand something
while we all were sleeping
new understandings came to be known
and the Bill of Rights has been wronged
and the Constitution has been deconstructed and..
Can’t breathe now
until we all look at this
and decide that all Americans
have right to life, liberty and the pursuit of..
not getting killed
Can’t breathe uh huh
Can’t breathe uh huh

Bob Small
first draft 12/4/14 revised and sent


About bobsmall1

Bob Small has read at Bacchanal, Barnes and Noble, Borders, The Booksource (Swarthmore), The Clark Park Festivals,Community College of Philadelphia Highwire Gallery, The Mad Poets Annual Food Fest Reading, The Middle East Restaurant, Nexus GalleryThe Painted Bride Arts Center, The Philadelphia Ethical Society, Robin's Bookstore The University of Pennsylvania and also in New York City, Trenton, NJ, Washington, DC, and in many Delaware Valley Venues. He is the author of numerous chapbooks, including El Otro Lado (with Maralyn Lois Polak), On watching America Die, Small Steps and Toes (with Lamont B. Steptoe), and The Unapoet. This is his first Reading in over a year. Bob Small was Founder and President of the two decades old Poets and Prophets, which presented Poetry Readings in both Delaware County and Philadelphia. Bob was the Chair of The Delaware County Green Party and was the First Green Party Candidate in Delaware County (2005). He was also a Green Party National Delegate, among other duties. He is the Founder and Facilitator of The Pennsylvania Ballot Access Coalition (PaBac), which is a Coalition of both Independents and Third Parties., seeking to legislatively improve Pennsylvania's Ballot Access Laws. (Facebook) Bob is also a founding member and Facilitator of Democracy Unplugged, and Delco Debates, which has presented Independent and Third Party Forums in Delaware County since 2004. Facebook) He was formerly involved with Cinema Resistance, and Delco Pledge of Resistance. Bob currently lives in Swarthmore with his wife and their menagerie of animals. He is currently focused on writing a Novel and organizing his Poetry, which he posts on his Blog (Bob Small1). He is retired from most of the above activities, except Delco Debates and Poets and Prophets, which he may return to.
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