But for the Grace of God


February 13, 2022 by petrujviljoen

Opening the group chat to a crime scene. A robbery in progress. One perp is caught, brought down by a dog. Chase is being given to two others. A community effort. I look poverty in the face. Grimy sweat pants, torn t-shirt. He’s on the ground, hands tied behind his back with cable ties, his arms around his empty, gaping rucksack. Symbolic of his life. A teenager.

a person – hungered –
limited and lost and now barred
from any future

A variety of community joins the cars already congregated. One has a child on the hip, another child hangs out a car window.

a common spectator sport
among the commoners


19 thoughts on “But for the Grace of God

  1. I like the mix of haiku and journalism. Letting the subject decide the object—form following function, substance over style—but first, as you did, choose a meaningful subject.

  2. ShiraDest says:

    We can really Do Better…

  3. It’s so much easier to get self-righteous about the small fry. The big fish get away with any crime you care to mention.

  4. memadtwo says:

    And the ones that rob us every day through institutions never suffer any punishment at all. (K)

  5. So sad. And so true.

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