Chauncey Bailey Project

The Courageous Message

Chauncey Bailey's brother, Mark Cooley, and his sister, Lorelei Waqia, remembering their brother four months after his death (Bob Butler photo)
Chauncey Bailey's brother, Mark Cooley, and his sister, Lorelei Waqia, remembering their brother four months after his death (Bob Butler photo)

Chauncey Bailey's brother, Mark Cooley, and his sister, Lorelei Waqia, remembering their brother four months after his death (Bob Butler photo)

By Mark M. Cooley

To Honor My Brother Chauncey, for the Second Anniversary of his Unfortunate Death, I thought it would be appropriate to write a Poem honoring his fellow Journalists Who Supported His Efforts And Continue To Deliver His Message.

“The Courageous Message”

They Attempted to STOP THE MESSENGER
Closed Doors, Turned Heads, Blocked Paths
But His Message Was on a Mission
Driven By The Power Of Good Journalism
Steering it in the Right Direction

They tried to SILENCE THE MESSENGER
Our ears, hearing the Guilt
All eyes, seeing the Ignorance
But the message didn’t have to be Spoken
The Objective was to reveal the truth,
Sadly He would lose his Life making the connection

They Thought they had Completely KILLED THE MESSENGER
But His Spirit will never be Broken
Memories of his Dedication, Work Ethic
Passion For Journalism, will always
Of Our Hearts Reflection

Now They Know!! THERE ARE MANY MESSENGERS
Delivering Messages of Unity, Standing Tall and Strong
Not tolerating This Act of Wrong
Supporting each other
Fighting for their Fallen Brother
Showing the Courage and Concern To fight Back
Never conceding Defeat
Having The Stamina and Commitment To Deliver
This Courageous Message
Until It’s Complete

Mark M Cooley 7/29/09

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