Broken Pieces but No Peace

I found a few things in the Warren Tribune the last few days I found appalling. I’m talking other than the corporate tool editor’s right-wing B.S. opinions.
I call this poem:

“Broken Pieces but No Peace”

The annual Peace in the Valley Celebration
will be Sunday September 21 in Warren.
The peace walk will begin at 1:30 p.m.
at Courthouse Square and go to the
Warren Community Amphitheatre.
There the top three student essay writers,
will read their prize-winning essays on peace.
The topic of the essay is “If I Could Talk Face to Face
with My Elected Officials, Here is What I Would Like
to See Them Do to Bring Peace to Our Valley.”
A neighborhood peace event
had already started a few days before
on Friday September 12th.
Oddly enough it started in Warren
on a street named, Peace Street.
A resident of N. W. Peace Street known as Saylor
decided to sail over to his next door neighbor’s house
and spread some peace and love to his neighbors.
Saylor knocked on their door and
when they answered he professed his love.
Sadly, his need to spread his love
was fueled by his ingestion
of many illegal substances.
The neighbor woman’s boyfriend
thought Saylor was not there
to spread peace and love
but trying to spread his love seed
by trying to get a piece
of his girlfriend who Saylor
has been leaving love notes for.
He had tucked them in her door’s crack.
It does seem as if Saylor was on crack
and trying to get a crack at
his neighbor guy’s girfriend’s crack.
Saylor turned from a peaceful missionary of love
to an angry violent man attacking the boyfriend.
A neighborhood man named, Christian
lived up to his name and broke up the fight.
The police arrived and arrested Saylor.
The police didn’t want Saylor’s Peace Street home
to be broken into so they secured it.
If you or I secured someone’s home that would mean
we got the key and made sure the doors were locked.
When the police secure your home it means
they ransacked it looking for any contraband.
In this case they found marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Because Saylor was high from illegal drugs
he was transported to Trumbull Memorial Hospital
where he was given legal drugs and is resting peacefully.
Peace Street made the local news again
two-day later on Sunday September 14th.
A Chevy Cruze cruising Peace Street
shot several times at a Ford Explorer
that was exploring peace Street.
A 21 year-old man was shot during
the vehicle chase and gun fight.
Resident’s homes and vehicles
on Peace Street suffered bullet holes.
As I type this on September 17th
the Warren Tribune’s front page
shouts out that on September 16th
three men were shot just before 6 p.m.
on Burton Street S.E. in Warren.
The police are on the lookout for
two gray cars involved in the incident.
The definition of an incident is an event that
disrupts normal procedure or causes a crisis.
It appears that shootings and violence
in Warren, Ohio shouldn’t be considered
an incident because it is normal procedure.
The 22 year-old suspect in the
Burton Street shooting of three
has a tattoo that says, “God.”
I don’t think that means he believes in God.
I suspect that means that he thinks he is God.
I don’t like to hear anyone trash talk
any community in our county or valley.
That being said I still have to say,
I’m sorry Warren but having an annual Peace March
and having our young generation write peace essays
isn’t going to bring peace to Peace Street
or any other street in Warren, Ohio.
It’s going to take a 24/7 zero tolerance to violence
by the citizens of Warren to set an example
for our younger generation’s future.
The name Warren has the word war in it
but that is no excuse to turn the city
into a daily battleground.
Our nation thinks we should be the “cops of the world”
but the truth is we can’t even police our own streets.
People of Warren do you have to sink so low
that you have to jump up to reach the bottom
before you speak out or do something?

Greg Robbins: “Not Again” – A Song Dedicated to the Victims of Gun Violence.

“All violence is the result of people tricking themselves into believing that their pain derives from other people and that consequently those people deserve to be punished.” ~ Marshall B. Rosenberg



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3 responses to “Broken Pieces but No Peace

  1. Jim Jordan

    Nice article and entertaining as well. I am taking “citizen police academy classes in Warren. I even get to ride in apolice car. guess I will see first hand how much peace there is or isn’t in the city. JJ

  2. elecpencil

    That should be interesting. Let me know how it goes.

  3. Brock Featherstone

    The far Righty blow hard editor aids in the Tribunes near end. Its nauseating to read that rag, written by a bunch of puppets. Even the sports section shows favor down to local H.S. sports. Paper does make a nice pee and poop pad for my aunts dog. I make sure to open to the editoral page when laying out the Tribune for its only useful purpose.

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