COVID RIOTS | Dennis Cockerham

Addiction | Dennis Cockerham

COVID RIOTS

It is Monday
June 1, 2020
3:45 pm

All inmates
To the basement
Mandatory meeting

George Floyd
Black Lives Matter
Protests
Violence
The news
The world

COVID RIOTS | Dennis Cockerham

To prevent resemblance
Similarities

To stop the influence
Of the world
On us
In prison

The Federal Bureau Of Prisons
Shutting down
All communications

Our access
To the street

No more phone
No more e-mails
Until further notice

Taking effect
Starting 4pm
This very day

15 minutes from now

The chaos
The rush
The urgency
The tension

COVID RIOTS | Dennis Cockerham

Everybody
At once
To the phones
To the computers

To send notification
Give our loved ones
This news

Suddenly
There is blood
Lots of blood

His head split open
As he steps out
Into the hall
One room down from mine

Correctional Officers
Captain of Security
Even the Warden
Quickly on the scene

COVID RIOTS | Dennis Cockerham

This one
To the hospital

As for the rest
To your rooms
Body checks
Every one

This
Really happening
Here
Yankton, South Dakota
Prison Camp

I am stunned

I know this man
We had met before
Des Moines, Iowa
We had history

Impulsively
Auto pilot takes over
Boots on
Laces tight
Sharpened pencil in hand

It is starting
Right here
Right now

COVID RIOTS | Dennis Cockerham

Starting
But
It isn’t

A random act of violence
Between 2 roommates
Both white in color
Unrelated to the topic of the day

Thursday
June 4, 2020
No related altercations

Phones are back on

Friday
June 5, 2020
E-mails are back on, too

I exhale
I am getting too old for this shit

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