Gene Grabiner is a SUNY distinguished service professor emeritus in Buffalo, N.Y.

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All Eyes Are Upon Us

by Gene Grabiner 03-09-2015
A poem

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Mother, mother / There’s too many of you crying / Brother, brother, brother / There’s far too many of you dying            —Marvin Gaye

then they stomped
          John Willet
as he lay on the sidewalk
hands cuffed behind his back
and shot
                      Michael Brown

who was on his way this fall to college

Stop and frisk
Stop and frisk

and used a chokehold to kill