You did this (a poem)

The Seattle Times reports that the Seattle Police Department’s review of the shooting of Charleena Lyles a few months ago has found that it was ‘reasonable, proportional and within policy’. (https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/crime/seattle-police-review-finds-fatal-shooting-of-charleena-lyles-was-within-department-policy/) I originally posted this poem in June, shortly after the incident. I am reposting it now. Because.

You killed her.

She’s dead.
You killed her.

You shot her.
She’s dead.
You killed her.

It was your job.
You shot her.
She’s dead.
You killed her.

She was waiting for you.
It was your job.
You shot her.
She’s dead.
You killed her.

She called you for help.
She was waiting for you.
It was your job.
You shot her.
She’s dead.
You killed her.

She grabbed a knife
She called you for help.
She was waiting for you.
It was your job.
You shot her.
She’s dead.
You killed her.

She was scared.
She grabbed a knife.
She called you for help.
She was waiting for you.
It was your job.
You shot her.
She’s dead.
You killed her.

Someone was trying to break in.
She was scared.
She grabbed a knife.
She called you for help.
She was waiting for you.
It was your job.
You shot her.
She’s dead.
You killed her.

She was trying to protect herself and her kids.
Someone was trying to break in.
She was scared.
She grabbed a knife.
She called you for help.
She was waiting for you.
It was your job.
You shot her.
She’s dead.
You killed her.

She was at home.
She was trying to protect herself and her kids.
Someone was trying to break in.
She was scared.
She grabbed a knife.
She called you for help.
She was waiting for you.
It was your job.
You shot her.
She’s dead.
You killed her.

(15 November 2017)