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Martin vs. Zimmerman

by Chris Sorrenti

thankful that my parents raised me
never to judge a man by the color of his skin
(there are so many better reasons to dislike or even hate someone)
I take heed in something Kim Goldman
(sister of the late Ron Goldman)
said on Piece Morgan Live tonight

“we have lack of regard for human life in this country in the way we treat each other”

and in this
all of us marching towards a financial and racial precipice
with no clue as to how we’re going to get over it
cause there’s no turning back

© 2013

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Author's Note: Although I am a Canadian, like many north of the border, we are always tuned in to what's happening south of us. Canada is also intricately tied to the U.S.A. economically, being our largest trading partner. We have definitely felt the vibes of recent troubles and tensions, and personally, it greatly troubles me.

Posted on 07/21/2013
Copyright © 2021 Chris Sorrenti

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Ken Harnisch on 07/22/13 at 02:29 PM

Canadian or not, your sentiments are universal, Chris, or should be. As far as my country is concerned I sometimes think its greatest and most honest philosopher was H. Rap Brown, who said in 1968, "Violence is as American as cherry pie." Every day here, legally and otherwise, we change the man from an utterer of aphorisms into a prophet.

Posted by George Hoerner on 07/22/13 at 07:09 PM

I understand everyone's concern for the level of violence in the US. I suspect what most people think of is the shooting, stabbing, or beating sort of violence. What we rarely discuss is the emotional violence carried on by men against women and parents against children every day and night. Who knows what kind of society we might have if that was changed.

Posted by Gabriel Ricard on 07/22/13 at 11:25 PM

Sharp political/social commentary that doesn't forget to also be a poem. Well done.

Posted by Philip F De Pinto on 07/29/13 at 11:57 AM

Chris, you and I are blessed to have had parents, that precede the distraction of too great technological contraptions who minus the scourge of these had more essential time to impart on us lessons such as will remain with us the remainder of our lives, give or take a day or night where contemplation fails us and fortunate are we that these days are few, given the lessons of our parents will e'er loom large in our lives, be they lived in light or shadow. Chris, did I mention this is a powerful ode?

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