He’s a slightly overweight man.
He is calm, smiling, almost laughing,
Lying on his back.

He has put his hands up
Above his head, so high
His arms are stretched fully out.

He says, “Don’t shoot,”
And maintains a smile somehow.
The cops shoot anyway.

The way his body silently
Assumes the stillness
Of death is horrifying.
Chuck Taylor's photographs have appeared in many literary journals and are featured on the walls of Baylor Scott and White Hospital in College Station, TX. Chuck Taylor recently finished a film script called "Southern." He has lived in the South most of his life, with stints in the Southwest and Midwest. It doesn't matter what page Chuck Taylor opens in Stephen King's IT, something scary is going on. Why scare readers when we have scary leaders? His job is to write hopefully.

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