In Chicago over the 4th it was hardly safe or sane
Bullets flying through the sky more numerous than a monsoon rain
82 people shot in 84 hours with 14 killed
One an hour is a steep butcher’s bill
But even with that recent bloody toll
Murders are still on the downward numbers roll
How can a city celebrate independence when there is a good chance of being shot?
Unsafe streets, moral and ethical widespread growing rot
Even though the numbers of murders continue to go down
Chicago remains a very, very unsafe and deadly town
The city needs in some of its gang infested neighborhoods a police surge
To somehow put a damper on the gun violence urge
Whether the murder rate is on a downward decline or not
No condolences to the 82 residents of Chicago who have just been shot.
© July 7, 2014 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet