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Noise #282 – I CAN’T BREATHE


I CAN’T BREATHE SAID ELEVEN TIMES
LIKE BELLOWING CHIMES


SPOKEN LOUD AND CLEAR
TO ONLY DISAPPEAR

FROM A MAN COMMITTING A CRIME
PEDDLING LOOSE CIGARETTES FOR A DIME

OR TWO
NOTHING NEW

IN THE UNDERGROUND ECONOMY
A NECESSITY

FOR SURVIVAL OF BOTH
AN OUTGROWTH

OF THOSE THAT HAVE LITTLE
IN THEIR KETTLE

I MEAN WITHIN THE POCKETS
OR ANKLETS

OF THEIR CLOTHING
DISHEVELING

FROM THEIR BODIES FALL
TRYING TO MAKE A BIG HAUL

THE TAX MAN MUST BE PAID
AND NOT DELAYED

LOOSE CIGARETTES ARE EVEN SOLD
AT THE CORNER STORE UN PATROLLED

MANY TIMES IT IS NOT ABOUT THE TAX
BUT THE NEED THE USER IMPACTS

THE SALE
UNABLE TO BUY FULL-SCALE

NO MATTER THAT IS NOT THE REAL ISSUE HERE
THAT POLICE WOULD FEAR

FOR THEIR LIVES THEY SAY
TAKE SOMEONE ELSE’S AWAY

FROM DAY TO DAY
COUNTRYWIDE IT IS OKAY

FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN AND LATINO YOUTHS
WILL NEVER GET ANY TRUTHS

OR VALUE FOR WHO THEY ARE
KEEPING STATISTICS ON PAR

WITH THE DATA THAT IS ALREADY OUT THERE
BEWARE

THESE YOUNG  MEN
ARE SCARY,  A HULK- AMEN

UNIMPORTANT IN THE SCHEME OF THINGS
THEY ARE SITTING DUCKLINGS

AFTER THE DEATH THE PERPETRATOR PLEADS SORROW
FOR SOMEONE WHO WILL NEVER SEE ANOTHER TOMORROW

I THINK NOT
THAT IS A LOT OF ROT

DON’T WEAR A HAIR SHIRT FOR ME
I CAN SEE

THAT YOU DON’T REALLY CARE
YOU DON’T HOLD MY LIFE DEAR

IT IS THE SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST
ADJUST

TO IT SO SOCIETY SAYS WITH ITS SILENCE
THIS IS ARROGANCE

OF THE WORST KIND
PUT IT OUT OF YOUR MIND

EASY TO DO IF IT IS ONE OR TWO
BUT TO UNDERVALUE

THREE FOUR FIVE AND SIX
THIS IS TURNING INTO QUITE A MIX

SHOULD THE PEOPLE SIT STILL FOR THIS
AND DISMISS

WHAT MAY BEFALL THEM ONE DAY TOO
EVERYONE GETS A CHANCE AT THEIR DUE

DO SOMETHING NOW
FOR YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW

THESE KILLINGS WILL OUT
EVERYONE ON THE ROUTE

STOLEN LIVES EACH ONE
A SWIFT ACTION

TAKEN BY LAW ENFORCEMENT
FOR THE ADVANCEMENT

OF SAFETY FOR ALL
POLICE FORCES CONTINUE TO STAND TALL

RIGHT OR WRONG
THEY ARE PRAISED IN SONG

BUT SOME ARE NOT RIGHT
MINORITY YOUTH CANNOT CONTINUE IN THIS PLIGHT

LET THE PEOPLE INTERCEDE
BEFORE MORE LIVES ARE EMPTIED

OUT ON THE STREETS
WHICH DEFEATS

WHY AMERICA CAME TO BE
FREEDOM FOR ALL INCLUDING YOU AND ME

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