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On Her Way To Ferguson - a poem

Updated on August 22, 2014
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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  • RTalloni profile image


    4 years ago from the short journey

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

  • bethperry profile imageAUTHOR

    Beth Perry 

    4 years ago from Tennesee

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

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    Nell Rose 

    4 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!

  • bethperry profile imageAUTHOR

    Beth Perry 

    4 years ago from Tennesee

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

  • Paradise7 profile image


    4 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!

  • bethperry profile imageAUTHOR

    Beth Perry 

    4 years ago from Tennesee

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

  • travmaj profile image


    4 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...

  • bethperry profile imageAUTHOR

    Beth Perry 

    4 years ago from Tennesee

    Thanks Kevin. I'm getting there :)

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    The Examiner-1 

    4 years ago

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


  • bethperry profile imageAUTHOR

    Beth Perry 

    4 years ago from Tennesee

    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.

  • FitnezzJim profile image


    4 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

    Empathy sparks a fire, while truth passes by ignored.

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    Suzette Walker 

    4 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.

  • WillStarr profile image


    4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

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

  • FlourishAnyway profile image


    4 years ago from USA

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

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    Audrey Hunt 

    4 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

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


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    John Hansen 

    4 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.

  • The Examiner-1 profile image

    The Examiner-1 

    4 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.


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    Bill Holland 

    4 years ago from Olympia, WA

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


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