Chicano Poet

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Henry’s Rilke’s Duino Elegies For Daniel Rocha

The medical examiner says there were no drugs
in Daniel Rocha’s body, no marijuana,
but after Julie the cop

shot him point-blank in the back,
they found a baggie of marijuana
next to his body.

Of course, no police department spokesman
is going to go on television to admit
that it was cops

who planted the marijuana.
It’s standard procedure for them
to plant evidence---blue gardeners---

so they can get away with murder.
Now the cops are pissed
at the medical examiner

and want him to resign or else.
They don’t want you to hear the truth,
they want you to believe their little white lies.

But, in the end, it doesn’t matter what we believe
because Julie the cop will be found innocent
and Daniel Rocha can only turn over in his grave.


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