The Day After the Riots



The men of Baltimore
formed what they called
a love line
between the police
in their riot gear
and the protesters

They talked of unity
and the strength of this city
and that although last night
rocks were thrown
and fires lit
today we stand together

People rose before the sun
and swept the street
of ash and debris
but let the anger linger
a necessary incentive
as no justice means no lasting peace

April 2015
Julie Ayers
NaPoWriMo Day 28



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