Reportage of Fear

“It was like a war

like a scene that you see in war

the guns

the fire

the noise

it was like bombs

going off simultaneously

at a time when people are having dinner.”

Watching Channel 6,

I jump

at pop-pops of gunshots

from a house in North 15th Street

in Philly’s Tioga Nicetown.

Someone’s inside

intent on

killing police.

Whirling news copters

hundreds of shots

another ambulance

carries off

one of six shot police.


Precious Babies Learning Center

shelters children hunkered down.

Her child escorted out,

a mother reflects:

“I have fear in my heart

because I have children

I see police crouched behind cars

smell of gunpowder

a feeling of euphoria.”

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