Tuesday, September 9, 2014

No Effing Losers

In the wake
of Ray Rice's indefinite suspension

domestic abuse survivors
have started the trending Twitter hashtags
"#WhyIStayed" and "#WhyILeft".

Maybe the NFL should start its own hashtags
such as #WhyNFLStayedWithRice
after suspending him for two games

"because we didn't want
a little mistake like that

to keep a grown man
from playing a game for us"

and #WhyNFLLeftRice

"because harboring a known abuser
to play a game for us

was suddenly
becoming embarrassing
and politically inconvenient."

This poem © 2014 Emily Cooper.