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The Horrible Crime

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Balladeer
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0 posted 06-23-99 10:32 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer



The courthouse room was overflowed that early day in May.
The people came from miles around and traveled night and day
With hatred burning in the breasts, they drove with scarcely any rest
To see the boy who broke the law and now would have to pay.

It wasn't that his act of crime had sounded so displeasin'
For blowing up a power plant appeared to have no reason
And, in another time or place, it would have been a 'curious' case
But, being in a war-time state, 'twas called an act of treason.

The Daily News had spread the rage and called the boy a spy
And all the world was startled at the popular outcry
That stretched from Oregon to Maine. A wounded nation called in pain
That, for his act of sabotage, the guilty boy must die.

The room was tense and quiet as each witness testified
Against the youthful figure with no lawyer by his side.
If he'd shown sorrow he just might have found a friendly face that night
But he showed nothing and whatever chance he held had died.

As the trial neared to a close the judge said, "Stand, my son.
We find it very hard to understand what you have done.
Unless you have an explanation for this cruel act against our nation,
If you would like a chance to speak, then take your final one."

"Hard to understand?", the boy spoke with a voice of hate.
"If you are here to sentence me that you're a little late!
My sentencing has long been done by God and every mother's son,
I've been condemned before, your Honor, by the hand of Fate."

His words invited insults from an audience unkind
Who, left unchecked, would probably have grabbed him from behind
Until the sad truth hit their eyes and they began to realize
As he addressed the jury that their saboteur was blind.

"They call me un-American", he smiled. "A cruel fame
For one who fought in foreign lands to save his country's name.
While serving in the infantry, I traded sight for victory -
How many of the people here would stand and do the same?"

"When I returned from overseas I didn't plan to see
A Broadway Avenue parade in honor just for me
But just a chance to start again within the ranks of normal men
A new beginning in the land that I had helped keep free."

"But every avenue I chose led to a closing door
My handicap was viewed by others like an open sore.
Instead of opportunity, a grateful nation handed me
A welfare check stuck in my hand and food stamps for the store.

"Now quick the land forgets the hand that helped to plant the seed!
Are we to be disgraced because we fought when there was need?
Or did our strength show other men the weaknesses they have within,7
Remind them that they.owe a debt to patriots like me?"

"I felt I should return the honor to my fellow men
"And let them have a first-hand look at what my gift had been.
Late one night I pulled the spark that put the city in the dark
And made them see what I can see - for that I am condemned."

A pin dropped would have echoed in there like a cannon's roar
As pairs of feet were shuffling and eyes stared at the floor
For each man knew he had been named and each felt burdened by the shame
And each man feared the Maker he would have to stand before.

The jury didn't leave the room. "Not Guilty!"was their cry.
The foreman said, "I will not hang a better man than I."
The gallery, threatened with removal, sounded out their strong approval
And, possibly, a teardrop fell from that young soldier's eye.

The judge stood up and smiled at him amid the cries and cheers
He said, "Young man, you have been found not guilty by your peers."
And, after thinking hard and long, his judgement came out loud and strong -
He set the young boy free and gave Society thirty years!

© Copyright 1999 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
Sally S.
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1 posted 06-23-99 10:46 PM       View Profile for Sally S.   Email Sally S.   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sally S.

Bravo....
I enjoyed this very much...a sorrowful tale at beginning, ending in triumph for human spirit. Well done.
invertigo18
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2 posted 06-23-99 10:46 PM       View Profile for invertigo18   Email invertigo18   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for invertigo18

This is very good. Are you the one who committed the crime??? I hope not. Nevertheless, it was wonderfully written.

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Luke Cakalic
Krystal
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3 posted 06-24-99 04:27 PM       View Profile for Krystal   Email Krystal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Krystal

This poem kept me hooked
From the beginning to the end;
The soldier and his willingness
to risk his own life to defend
Our country, who turned its backs on him;
How powerful, how sad, and yet how true,
We all need to think
About what our actions will do!

Thank you, Balladeer, I really enjoyed this poem. Really made me think. I really loved the surprise ending too...

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Shannon D. Montgomery
("Krystal")
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4 posted 07-01-99 02:53 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Back to the top with this one - for FREEDOM's sake.
Balladeer
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5 posted 07-01-99 05:20 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

I thank you all......freely.
Lost Dreamer
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6 posted 07-01-99 05:49 PM       View Profile for Lost Dreamer   Email Lost Dreamer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lost Dreamer

Let me try and dry my eyes so I can see to type, and after this great piece of art so thankful for my sight. Without it I would not be enlightened by all your brilliant work.
Fred Hobbs
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7 posted 07-01-99 07:26 PM       View Profile for Fred Hobbs   Email Fred Hobbs   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Fred Hobbs's Home Page   View IP for Fred Hobbs

Balladeer, I missed this one the first time through but I don't know why. This is classic Balladeer which is to say the best we'll find.

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8 posted 07-01-99 08:32 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Thank you, lost dreamer and Fred. Your words mean loads.
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9 posted 06-19-2000 01:47 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

'Deer, I hope you plan to post this again on Independence Day...our new folk will then have a chance to see it.

Sunshine

~~~Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.
Helen Keller ~~~

linda munday
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10 posted 06-22-2000 06:04 AM       View Profile for linda munday   Email linda munday   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for linda munday

Balladeer,
I enjoy everyone of your poems.
Goosebump Check:  the count of three, Now look what you've done to me!
That has got to be one of your best.  How do you make them so long and still keep us captivated?
It must be from Linda M.
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11 posted 06-22-2000 12:12 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

Sounds like a good idea to me, Balladeer. I loved that last line.

Elizabeth


I'm grabbing my hat and coat
I'm leaving the cat a note
Quick call me a ferry boat-getting out of town!


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12 posted 04-17-2004 01:17 PM       View Profile for passing shadows   Email passing shadows   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for passing shadows

you should repost this
latearrival
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13 posted 05-18-2005 04:05 AM       View Profile for latearrival   Email latearrival   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for latearrival

Mike where are you? I am back reading the oldies because I have not seen you around lately. best marty
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14 posted 05-18-2005 11:24 PM       View Profile for timothysangel1973   Email timothysangel1973   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit timothysangel1973's Home Page   View IP for timothysangel1973

This is AWESOME and ohhhh so true !!

My dad was drafted into the Vietnam war where he was stationed on the artillary base and he lost his hearing in both ears, sending him home with 10% in one ear and 18% in another ear.

He was 23 when he came out of the Army and he is 56 now.... the STATE of SC and the gov't just now approved him to receive benefits through the veterans administration and he received 2 hearing aids two weeks ago.

For the first time in 33 years my daddy can hear us talk to him without straining or moving closer to us, and he can hear his grandbabies whisper I love you !!

This brough tears to my eyes, because these boys give so much of themselves, and often their lives so that we can have the freedoms that we so often take forgranted.

Thank you for writing this, it means so much to me, as I am sure it does to others.

)))hugs(((

Tima

I may hate myself in the morning - but I'm gonna love you tonight
-Lee Ann Womack

whitedove
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15 posted 11-27-2005 05:18 PM       View Profile for whitedove   Email whitedove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit whitedove's Home Page   View IP for whitedove

What a brilliant poem.

Initially I was not sure what it was about - but like the others - got hooked.

You are such a talent

Whitedove
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16 posted 11-27-2005 11:44 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Thank you, white dove. I'm really glad you enjoy my work

Tima, I missed your comment before but I can see the signifigance it has for you. Yes, so many give so much, as you well know. my thanks to you and yours....
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17 posted 11-30-2005 09:51 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

I thought I'd read all your PIP postings... finding my mistake was truly a treat. *S*

Magnificent, Deer One.
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18 posted 11-30-2005 06:39 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Thank you, suthern gal
 
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