Christina A. Sharik


When you are arrested,
I hope you are charged
and not kept in the darkness,
after authorities have barged

for instance:
into the home you thought
was your own,
until the lenders and taxers
called in your loan

I hope you won’t be
cuffed and detained
without knowing WHY
you won’t be arraigned.

I hope you have a lawyer
(strange critters, those)
I hope if they beat you,
you get care for your nose…

I hope if you’re tortured
on United States soil,
you’ll remember I wrote this,
and your temper will boil ~

On behalf of some others
who’ve been there before
still waiting for justice
on some foreign shore.