On Her Way To Ferguson - a poem

What would hippie college girl do?
What would hippie college girl do?


On Her Way To Ferguson


On her way to catch the bus

she met a wheel-chaired cop on the way;

he'd been a first responder on 9/11 -

he'd lost both legs that September day.


Another time she might have mentioned

her brother had been among the saved;

but the bus waited, she had to go

so she ran past and only waved.

“No time to talk, I have to run,

they need me down in Ferguson.”


On her way as she rode the bus

she met a senior traveling that day,

Imminent domain had taken her home,

with relatives the lady now had to stay.


Another time she might have said,

What sacrifice to build a solar panel plant you've bled!

But the woman was white, and had her health

so as she switched buses, she only said,

“No time to talk, I have to run,

they need me down in Ferguson.”


While exiting the final bus

she passed a couple headed far,

with two beautiful kids and a baby, too,

leaving from what they called “the war”.


But she was there, the place to be,

Where the looters looted, a curfew was enacted,

where the hungry media feasted

and she, as other caring activists, acted.


Another time, she would spare concern

for why they looked so weary this August day;

of this she deemed they surely knew

as she smiled sweetly and was heard to say,

“No time to talk, I have to run,

my empathy brought me to Ferguson.”



©August 22, 2014 by Beth Perry

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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

That was beautiful. I don't need to add anything else...beautiful. :)


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The Examiner-1 2 years ago

That was - I might say weird, but I have no words.

The way in which you wrote it is beautiful Beth. The poem (girl) is pitiful the way she watches everyone pass by.

I voted it up, shared and pinned it.

Kevin


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

This was unique Beth, and that is a compliment. I enjoyed the sentiment of the piece. Well done. Voted up.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Thank you for this beautiful poem. Voted up and sharing.

Audrey


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

This is a very compelling poem. Truly a thought piece.


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Well done, Beth, and your point was well made.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM

Very interesting, unique and creative poem. The lesson learned from reading this is one we all need to learn. Sometimes we miss what is right in front of our eyes. We can't see the forest for the trees. Voted up+ and shared.


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FitnezzJim 2 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

Empathy sparks a fire, while truth passes by ignored.


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bethperry 2 years ago from Tennesee Author

Thank you to everyone that left the positive feedback. I intended to reply to each of you individually, but I've been under the weather. Gods bless.


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The Examiner-1 2 years ago

I hope that you are above it now Beth. :-)

Kevin


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bethperry 2 years ago from Tennesee Author

Thanks Kevin. I'm getting there :)


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travmaj 2 years ago from australia

Such a quiet unassuming poem that says heaps to the reader. It truly resonates and makes me think about reactions to situations - so well written. Thank you.

Hope you are feeling much improved...


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bethperry 2 years ago from Tennesee Author

travmaj, thank you much. And I am so happy you dropped by to read :)


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Paradise7 2 years ago from Upstate New York

It really did make me stop and think. I like travmaj's comment and wish I said it first!


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bethperry 2 years ago from Tennesee Author

Paradise7, that kind of response is why a lot of us write. Thank you much and have a great day!


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

That was amazing beth, and yes there are no words really apart from the fact that this is sadly, the way of the world, wonderful!


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bethperry 2 years ago from Tennesee Author

Hi Nell, thank you for reading and the comment. And you are right.


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RTalloni 24 months ago from the short journey

All I can say at the moment is that I wish I'd written that.

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