Bystander

You'll never believe what I saw in the park.
A man started shouting and striking a woman,
Who cried out. She bent to protect her baby,
Who screamed in her stroller. I dropped the
Croissant that I'd bought for breakfast (with
Cream cheese and ham), and I thought about
Rushing to ward off the blows of that odious
Man, but I didn't. I sat, and, in time, perhaps
Because someone had called them, the cops
Came and hauled off that man. The woman,
And also her baby, kept crying, and I ate my
Sandwich, more certain than ever, that I was
A cowardly shit.




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Written on 2021-09-30 at 02:54

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Alan J Ripley The PoetBay support member heart!
Your text invoked a memory,
I once saw a man lying on the road being kicked in the head.
By three men no mobiles. Went to the telephone box, called police. Fooled myself into believing l would go back. stayed on
Phone, was asked if there were any other witnesses.
Yes the crowd of bystanders surrounding the man watching him being kicked in the head.
2021-10-03