Cowardly Christopher Deedy – a poem by Richard Hamasaki

— In Memoriam, Kollin Kealiʻi “Mouse” Elderts (1988-2011)

On a clear morning on November 5th
Christopher Deedy* flew into town,

a federal agent assigned to protect
APEC dignitaries in Honolulu

From the Spider Bone Diaries
Richard Hamasakiʻs book of poems

for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation,
a serious façade and a farce for most.

APEC was staged to promote deception
and Special Agent Deedy felt right at home.

He checked into his room, called wife Stephanie,
and soon after walked into a bar in Waīkikī.

He drank and he ordered another and another,
He should have been happy, should have been humble,

but somehow his weapons made him invincible,
Special Agent Deedy with his gun and a knife.

With that first sip of his fateful drink,
he broke protocol and look a life.

CHORUS:

Cowardly Christopher Deedy
are you a man or a government zombie?

O, Cowardly Christopher Deedy
if you’re a man you’d plead guilty,

sowing your seeds of sorrow
denying your drunken bravado,

Cowardly Christopher Deedy
confess and plead guilty.

Cowardly Christopher Deedy
pleading immunity is wrong.

Cowardly Christopher Deedy
you’re guilty in the second degree.

The end of the night led him astray.
He picked a fight in a bar that night.

He followed a young man to a fast-food joint
and inflamed things to the breaking point.

A fight ensued and Christopher Deedy
shot Kollin Elderts in the chest point-blank,

killing a man whose life was so young;
the Elderts’ family has lost a son.

You committed murder in Waikīkī,
shot down a brother who fanned your fury.

Drunk and on duty, you committed a crime
and now you must do your time.

CHORUS:

Cowardly Christopher Deedy
are you a man or a government zombie?

Pleading immunity is wrong
‘cause Kollin Elderts is gone.

O, Cowardly Christopher Deedy
you’re guilty in the second degree.

Cowardly Christopher Deedy
are you a man or a government zombie?

Pleading immunity is wrong
‘cause Kollin Elderts is gone.

Cowardly Christopher Deedy,
you’re guilty in the second degree.

And an amplified poetry link, via soundcloud, that I recorded this summer: http://soundcloud.com/redflea/cowardly-christopher-deedy

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  1. Teresa Fournier

    I pray that he gets prosecuted to the fullest and Kollin can be at peace and are familys can heal.We miss you Kollin

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