Poem: The Story of Bigger T

Hear then the story of Bigger T.
A common tale and not pretty.
Native son of the windy city.
Never felt that he was free.
Wound up dead when he tried to be.

Why did I do it? I don’t know!
Hot from the liquor, cold from the snow.
Gal in the bed, her mom at the do’.
Trapped like a rat, nowhere to go.
Covered her mouth while I laid low.

Bigger killed that young girl dead.
Laid her down on a hot coal bed.
Then took a brick to his girlfriend’s head.
Across the rooftops Bigger fled.
Nearly escaped but got caught instead.

Got myself a real smart Jew
a left wing lawyer, thought he knew
a way to talk the judge into
a life in prison that I could do.
But when they were finished I was through.

Bigger the victim? What a switch!
That murdering, raping, son of a bitch!
Was no other man ever born in a ditch?
Or prevented by fate from relieving his itch?
Is poverty then to be blamed on the rich?


Bigger Thomas is a character in the book, Native Son written by Richard Wright one of the great lights of the Harlem Renaissance. 

If you are by chance interested in an analysis of how I came to write this poem check out ‘An analysis of the writing of the poem, ‘The Story of Bigger T’

About Louis William Rose

“I am an advocate for Liberty. What I do for Liberty I do not do for profit or fame. I seek no office other than the office of parliamentarian, and no reward other than for myself and my fellow men and women to live in a free country.” Louis William Rose is a lifelong student of parliamentary procedure and political process. He has served as parliamentarian for various organizations. A political philosopher, poet, singer, and writer, his articles have been published on-line and in pro-liberty papers in Florida, Kentucky, Georgia, and Montana. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of North Florida, graduating summa cum laude in 2004, with an additional two years of graduate work in political philosophy. Mr. Rose is an outspoken supporter of the basic rights of man, especially freedom of speech, association, religion, individual rights to personal defense and property, and of republican, constitutional forms of government. He is married to the lovely Jamy Sue Rose, an award winning nature photographer and a Florida Master Naturalist and guide. He has two sons, Edward, a hydroponic farmer in the panhandle of Florida, and Alexander, a successful real estate developer.
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