TEXAS DEATH ROW – GERALD MARSHALL– I CAN’T BREATHE

By Gerald Marshall

 

I can’t breathe
Because Texas death row air
Is contaminated
by TB.

I can’t breathe
Because Texas is on my back
Choking the life from me.

I can’t breathe
Because this small American cop
Decided to choke the life from me.
The hatred in his eyes
Reminded me of evil
Slaves endured during captivity.

I can’t breathe but I try
Because I remember Eric Garners
Legacy.

  • This poem is dedicated to Eric Garner. Legacy is the name of Garner’s young daughter who will never know her father.