Man Brought Down

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Man Brought Down 
           for Eric Garner
 
man brought down
we saw the footage
over and over
again and again
each time more painful
more wrong
 
the man wide big
looked strong as a bull
tall but gentle he was
 
it was there in his eyes
a gentle man
not looking for trouble
wide eyes gentle till goaded
then wild eyes
wild eyes full of fear
 
treated like a bull
the man was pulled pushed
mounted
dangerous bull
we saw it over and over
and over again
till we covered our eyes
 
but it was he the man
in the end who could‘ve brought
those crazy cowboys down
that untamed herd
the man could’ve brought
them all down
one by one by one
by one by one
in equal battle
with mad cowboys
 
the man in their eyes turned bull
had no chance
too many cowboys
dragging him down pulling
pushing on him hard
the man turned bull fell
to the ground they roped him tight
twisted his neck
held back “the horns”
would’ve torn them off
 
the man turned bull
couldn’t run wild eyes wild eyes
wild cowboys too many
held kneed him down the man
powerful like a bull
couldn’t breathe
 
all them holding him down
wild eyes wild eyes wild wild
the bull once a man couldn’t beg
for his life they wouldn’t
hear him wouldn’t see
 
wild eyes wild dying
eyes
eyes
so many eyes

© Lydia Cortes. Published by permission in Centro Voices on 10 April 2015.

Centro Voices (ISSN: 2379-3864).
The views expressed here are those of the author and not necessarily those of Centro Voices, the Center for Puerto Rican Studies or Hunter College, CUNY.