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Mark Tilford Jun 14
Authority missed used
All the time on the news
All of a sudden a side we think we need to choose
There was no need to
Finally a video tap
That shows what they do

Gun shots fired
A black woman dead (Breonna Taylor)
My God she was getting ready for bed
Now dead

A knee to the back of the neck
He could not breath (George Floyd )
A black man dead
Not before asking for his mother
A son, a big brother
Now another

CHANGE will be their legacy

After years of suppression, racism
We stand together
Blacks and whites at their best
And protest
Demanding
Enough, Enough
It's time to end how rough
STANDING TOUGH
Together handcuffed
(CHANGE)

By color we are a race ??
There is only one race
The human race

As I write this
I shed a tear
In sadness
And
For hope
That there will No longer be a hidden
"ROPE"
Mark Tilford Apr 26
in his or her green and kaki army  fatigues
they fight a war
so where freedoms and democracy can prevail
with no red cape
no special powers
without a reflecting shield
they march into a battlefield
guns drawn
they put up the greatest fight
hiding their fear of flight
the whistle
the bullets sound
the direction
the way
the bullets paved their way
they knew exactly where to end
the god awful  sounds
as one by one they hit the ground
the hearts slow and struggle to beat
no loved ones by their side
our heroes die
Mark Tilford Jan 29
driving down a road
flying
black crows
alone
all i see
grave stones
i cannot scream
a
****** stream
horrible scene
heavy smog
fog
downed  logs
falling frogs
hairless dogs
attacking
a dream
a dead deer
blood smears
devil appears
his fires
landscape
seared
a dream
it's dark
black
light
lacked
a snack
fighting back
the pack
stepping on the cracks
they keep coming back
flashbacks
a dream
was
not wanted
constantly
it haunted
it taunted
in a place
life
not a trace
null space
no flowers
In
a vase

a dream
maybe
Mark Tilford Oct 2019
hot turns to cold
this is getting old
it's out of control
which ever way the wind blows
we both go
again
the craziness we cannot let go
what is there  to hold
the things that have been told

hide and go seek
keeps us at our peak
the slips
the love that occasionally leaks

two freaks
the hand print
left on my cheek
the mean streak
makes us complete

week to week
when things seems bleak
does not make us weak

the games
i blame
you blame
there is no shame
we both came

tame
not our claim to fame

the games
will never change
not our strange
we never stay estranged

the games
the power
the desire

we play
the games
Mark Tilford Oct 2019
if i
could to do it all over again
where would I begin

if i
had to run another race
could i make to the end

if i
changed my pace
could my path be traced

if i
left this place
so much i would not care to replace

if i
should die
i hope everything i was told
was not a lie

if i
am a alone
i will find my comfort at home

if i
cry
real tears will come from my eyes

if i
say goodbye
so much that could imply

if i
fall
i would stand up tall

if i
am headstrong
i would admit i was wrong

if i
know you
know me too

if i
or when i
sin
i would have to look deep within

if i
could change this world
so much would be unfurled

if i
had to hide
would that not be lie

if i
am me
there would be
no need
than to be any other
than
me

if i
Mark Tilford Sep 2019
You
You
Are who you are
Because of you
Not
Because of someone wanting
you to be

You
and
only you control your
fate
Be who and what you
are
meant to be

You
!!
Mark Tilford Sep 2019
a tear
from fear
will not disappear

through the pain
a constant
year

to the cheek
adhering
wiping
it smears

another tear
this fear
sincere
wiping, it too
smears

another
another
and
another

fear
those things
i do not want to hear
may i wake in a year
to the tears disappeared

a cry
of defiance
in silence
the fear

a tear

in the constant voices
i hear
brings
the fear
a tear

labouring for life
my conscious spirit
fears
shown in

a tear
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