Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Busted (Poem)


Who takes sides
stands with his hands
in the air.

We don't
get the whole story

about them sitting in that car
in a private drive
past curfew.

© 2014 Maureen E. Doallas

During the curfew in Ferguson, Missouri, a story ran in The Washington Post about a group of youths smoking cigarettes and talking while sitting in a car in the private driveway of the home of a family member. Smoking was not allowed in the family member's house and the youths, knowing of the curfew, thought there would be no trouble. They were wrong, as they discovered when a police officer cruising through the streets decided to stop. The youths were arrested for "refusing to disperse". 

1 comment:

Kathleen said...

Thanks for poem and story. I hope you will send your news poems to Rattle, its new feature!