All Eyes Are Upon Us by Gene Grabiner

All Eyes Are Upon Us

Mother, mother
There’s too many of you crying
Brother, brother, brother
There’s far too many of you dying

–Marvin Gaye


then they stomped

John Willet

as he lay on the sidewalk
hands cuffed behind his back
and shot

Michael Brown

who was on his way to college in the fall

Stop and frisk
Stop and frisk

and used a chokehold to kill

Eric Garner

who sold cigarettes one-by-one
on the street in Staten Island
and punched again, again
in the face

Marlene Pinnock

as she lay on the ground
then they stood around while
an angry bartender
pushed vet

William Sager

down the stairs to his death;
maybe helped hide
the security videotape
then it was

Dillon Taylor

in Salt Lake City, and

James Boyd

in Albuquerque


Darrien Hunt

in Saratoga Springs, Utah–

how about that grandmother

Kathryn Johnston

shot to death in a SWAT team raid
gone bad?

then it was
unarmed, homeless, mentally ill

Kelly Thomas

clubbed to death by three Fullerton cops
left with pulp for a face

in ’73 in Dallas

Santos Rodriguez

was marked by officer Cain
who played Russian Roulette
with the hand-cuffed 12-year-old
in his cruiser-
till the .357 fired; Santos’ blood
all over his 13-year-old handcuffed
brother David

and those cries of

Bounkham Phonesavanh

in whose crib
the flash-bang grenade exploded-
his nose blown off

Shelter in place
Shelter in place

or 41 police gunshots at immigrant

Amadou Diallo

who died
right there
in the doorway
of his Bx. apt. bldg.

and that cop who shot and killed

Aiyana Stanley-Jones

as she slept
and those Cleveland cops who shot

Tamir Rice

who had a BB gun
and gave him no first aid–
watched him die

all those police
with gas masks and helmets in

Ferguson, Missouri

telling the people

don’t be on the streets after sundown

Ferguson- still a sundown town

maybe soon like a town near you

with M-16’s, MRAP’s
armored personnel carriers-

in this war against the people


Gene Grabiner



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