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12th Man

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    by Raymond Nat Turner

    Where’s The 12th Man

    All 137.6 decibels—

    For Mumia and Maroon?


    12th Man

    by Raymond Nat Turner


    From “Yes, we can” to The 12th Man

    The 1%’s calling all the power plays—

    Bootlegging, blitzing, sacking our daze…


    Sunday we sat slurping beer,

    Gobbling pizza and buckets

    Of chicken like madmen, ‘til

    Heartburn and boredom set

    In, ‘til The Questions came

    Whizzing past like pockets full

    Of cherry red challenge flags:


    Where was The 12th Man

    Shrieking, screaming, loud

    As an Aircraft carrier’s flight

    Deck for Marilyn Buck?


    Where was The 12th Man

    Shouting full-throated,

    Loud as Apache and

    Blackhawk Helicopters

    For Herman Wallace?


    Where’s The 12th Man

    All 137.6 decibels—

    For Mumia and Maroon?


    Where’s The 12th Man

    Bursting eardrums for

    Whistleblowers Manning,

    Snowden and Assange?


    Where’s the quarterback,

    The field general, that

    Comes up to the line

    Barking: ANGOLA

    ATTICA #77A4283



    Where’s the coach that

    Will argue over calls like

    Leonard Peltier? Or Hugo

    Pinell and Albert Woodfox—

    Four decades in bathroom-

    Sized, windowless, torture

    Chambers, cut off from fresh

    Air, sunlight, Vitamin D

    22-24 hours a day? Cruel,

    Slow deaths, strip sacking

    Spirits, bodies and minds of>

    Political prisoners & prisoners

    Of war who, game faces on

    Against water hoses, cattle

    prods, German shepherds,

    Bullets and buckshot,

    Took the field for us all


    Quadruple, triple, double

    Overtime, or sudden death,

    This game’s been going

    On too long—

    Where’s the Terrible

    Towels, the Lambeau Leap

    Where’s the raucous carrying

    On in the Dog Pound, boisterous

    Behavior in the Black Hole, where’s

    The Wall of Fame, Ring of Honor

    Where’s The 12th Man for our

    Political prisoners & prisoners of war?


    Raymond Nat Turner can be contacted at


    Raymond Nat Turner © 2014 All Rights Reserved


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