The Weekend: The Same Damn Thing by Alan Catlin

Everyone an auteur, a street
shooter like Winogrand or Macker
in an airport, instant cinema verite
ten minute tracking shots on cell
phones, no editing necessary;
nothing escapes the wandering eye:
young men  expressing themselves
with guns, Molotov cocktails, every
street gathering a confrontation in progress,
a riot about to happen, only an audience
lacking, who needs a cause, when you
can go viral on You Tube?
The plots are all the same: traffic
stops escalating to Murder 1,
irrational man tased by an ill-trained
army of distress-call-responders,
EST on main street, sometimes lethal,
sometimes not, choke holds are
illegal but when the perp is dead,
all the arguing after is useless,
legislate all you want: dead is dead.
All of it live, all of it happening now,
every day, the same damn thing.

Alan Catlin is a widely published poet in the US of A and elsewhere.  His most recent book is “Books of the Dead: a memoir with poetry” about the deaths of his parents.  He is a retired professional barman and the editor of the online poetry zine  misfitmagazine.net.

Alan Catlin is a widely published poet in the US of A and elsewhere. His most recent book is “Books of the Dead: a memoir with poetry” about the deaths of his parents. He is a retired professional barman and the editor of the online poetry zine misfitmagazine.net.

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