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A Friend

Since 2015...
Thugs have been in charge.
Rioting, robbing and killing
While they roam free and at large.

They Strike with precision.
Their crimes over in a flash.
Victims lose everything.
Their lives, cars, and cash.

Elected officials not held accountable.
Their rhetoric just hot air.
But, when talks drift to more arrests;
They all scream, "Don't you dare."

Schools dumb down their students.
Been doing it for years.
They've created a new class of people
ill equipped for life and full of fear.

The madness continues.
It seemingly has no end.
It's hard to look to the future.
When you can't find a friend.

A friend is sorely needed.
To bring us from darkness to light.
Someone who'll chase away the demons.
Give us a little peace at night.

A friend who will fix some things.
Do some good and what's right.
Someone we can all support.
With all our voting might.
Just looking...for a friend.

About this poem

Baltimore has experienced over 300 Homicides for the last six years with no end in sight. Nothing seems to work in the city I grew up in anymore. City Hall has been closed for the last two years. Trash, the homeless, and the unrelenting crime has taken on it's toll as evidenced by the exodus out of the city with its dwindling population and increasing vacant houses. If anyone ever needed a friend, Baltimore does. This poem is also a reflection of what's been going on in other democratically controlled cities across the nation.  

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Written on February 11, 2022

Submitted by larrymize on February 11, 2022

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Lawerence Mize

Lawerence Mize was born in Baltimore, MD, in 1949. He enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of seventeen. After spending a year in the Republic of Vietnam as a combat medic with the 101st Airborne Division he completed his military duty and joined the Baltimore City Police Department where he spent the next twentynine years serving the citizens of Baltimore. He retired in 1999 and then worked as a District Court Bailiff for the next fifteen years with the State of Maryland Judiciary. Mize has self-published six works of poetry. In his spare time he likes to ride his bicycle, write poems, and go to the movies to see new releases. He has been married to his wife Sandy for over 48 years and they have two son. more…

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  • Soulwriter
    Sad times...
    LikeReplyReport 17 months ago
  • Dougla$Irishman
    If you can't find a friend, than you be the friend to start things going. The power of one will create the driving force to make things better ! You have a terrific background. I was a cross country cyclist for years, start a cycling club for the youngsters ! I wish you well. 
    LikeReplyReport 27 months ago


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