Monday, June 18, 2012

Rodney King, Focal Point Of L.A. Riots, Dies At 47

53 people dead, $1 billion in damages:
What the hell went wrong?
The battered man at the epicenter said,
“Can’t we just get along?”

This simple question from this troubled man
Retains a haunting ring
That resonates with the big ideas of Gandhi &
Even that other King.

Many years filled with legal problems made
So many feel resigned; it
Was ironic King spoke eloquently for peace
But wasn’t able to find it.

A lawsuit awarded him millions but he wasn’t
Meant to go shopping at Nieman’s ---
It wasn’t until he sank to the bottom of his pool
That he finally escaped from his demons.

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