Something Different… “Out There”

This poem is an english version of a Ghazal poem. Reflecting on Eric Garner, Staten Island marches, and the unrest in Ferguson.

The ghazal is composed of a minimum of five couplets—and typically no more than fifteen—that are structurally, thematically, and emotionally autonomous. Each line of the poem must be of the same length, though meter is not imposed in English. The first couplet introduces a scheme, made up of a rhyme followed by a refrain. Subsequent couplets pick up the same scheme in the second line only, repeating the refrain and rhyming the second line with both lines of the first stanza. (


“Out There…”

unrest protest

out there
unrest protest

Eric Garner died life cut short out there

Out where all of us live out there


What does it say about a march when

People, strangers are bussed in from out there


The community is our collective space

“We the People” Should be out there


See them marching, hear them shouting

We need to be heard. Where? Out there!


Moving with solidarity and momentum as one

The crowd chanting “we will not go back”, out there


Dispute throwing money at the problem for years

There’s a generation that’s been lost out there



See past the shouts, Ferguson’s anarchist mayhem

Without the protests Who would care out there?