Or the events that preceded the demonstrations. Seriously, it isn’t — I helped with this many years ago; it was meant to lampoon the bread-and-circuses fare of the FOX Network’s “COPS” reality show. It was never published and only inhabits a couple of poetry websites.
It is the only poem I ever collaborated on — my co-authors here were Nick Mirren and Asia Carpenter. It started out as a joke, but turned dark early on. The shoehorned classical references are mine. Because that’s one particular well to which a pseudo-intellectual can’t help but return.
“COPS — the Television Show” (A collaborative poem among Nick Mirren, Asia Carpenter and Eric Robert Nolan):
All those felonious freaks
Running around shirtless,
Weaving through drug induced hazes
“Forgotten’ items, identities.
A siren sounds, though not Homer’s
It is man’s, it is The Man’s –
Pursuit and not seduction, the sound
Of uniforms and their quarry.
(c) Eric Robert Nolan 2015