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The Horrible Crime........from the vaults

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Balladeer
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0 posted 10-16-1999 09:57 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
IsabelleSkye
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1 posted 10-16-1999 10:05 PM       View Profile for IsabelleSkye   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for IsabelleSkye

Wonderful....I got a bit misty eyed. What an inspiring piece!

Izzzzzzzzzzy
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2 posted 10-16-1999 10:11 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

An incredibly moving piece. Thanks for posting this. Why is it that our society deals so shabbily with our veterans? I don't understand it at all. Just take a look at, oh, let's say, a veterans hospital? (just one example) Shouldn't these heroes get our best and not our worst? I'm off my soapbox now.

Again, GREAT POEM!

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3 posted 10-16-1999 10:25 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Well done, my Deer friend - You do have a plethora of life's lessons stored up for us, don't you? Keep 'em coming - We can never get enough from you...

And Denise, we have lots of really big soap boxes around here - Ron keeps a secret stash that I borrow from once in awhile...
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4 posted 10-16-1999 10:34 PM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

Very well done Balladeer

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This is courage...to bear unflinchingly what heaven sends. ~Eurpides
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5 posted 10-16-1999 10:44 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

I agree with D up there. Quite the talent you have Balladeer! this was great!!!
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6 posted 10-16-1999 10:55 PM       View Profile for Alwye   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alwye

Wow, an inspiring, heartfelt story you have here, Balladeer. Truly awesome..

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*Krista Knutson*

Wise is he who faces the frailty of man with the strength of an understanding heart. -- Daniel L. Miller


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7 posted 10-16-1999 11:07 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 all for your kind words.

Being one myself, Denise I don't understand it, either.

Nan, I don't have a plethora...just a lot of them.
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8 posted 10-16-1999 11:30 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Balladeer,
I know where your comming from because I've been there. Great poem.
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9 posted 10-16-1999 11:53 PM       View Profile for Skyfyre   Email Skyfyre   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Skyfyre

Another triumph, oh Storyteller ...

Nocht

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"Nunc lento sonitu dicunt, morierus"
(Now as I hear this bell tolling softly for another, it says to me, "Thou must die.")

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10 posted 10-17-1999 12:30 AM       View Profile for caroline   Email caroline   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for caroline

Masterful, powerful work, Sir Balladeer


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"Tread softly, for I have spread my dreams under your feet"~~William Butler Yeats

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11 posted 10-17-1999 12:38 AM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Thank you, Sy, Nochtdraco, and Caroline.....very much.
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12 posted 10-17-1999 12:43 AM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

In simple terms...this is poetry!
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very well done. I think I've seen similar to it before, yet it didn't seem anything like this. my hat is off to you. may I be able to write like this all the time. and congrats on a job well done.
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I echo all above Sir....
Another Masterpiece for sure!!

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May your days be filled with lots of sunshine and your nights lit up by golden moonbeams
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15 posted 10-17-1999 12:28 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

DeVine one and desperado, thank you very much for your comments.

Pepper, you call me sir one more time, I'm gonna spank you! hehe....thank you.
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How many times have they tried
to show us folks who were not there
the tears and scars of war. We take so many things for granted. This is great!
Christopher
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Bal, yet with another one, yoiu give me chills. I don't understand it either...I was in the Navy, though I wasn't in the war...and I have at least a little understanding of what those of youmight have had to go through, thouh I'm sure I could never know the true depths. Another masterful telling, one that will stick in my mind for quite some time.
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Balladeer,
This was awesome and awe inspiring. It really hit home cuz a lot of my friends are vets and have really had a hard time dealing with this even after 30 years

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If you love me like music, I'll be your song.
~Heart~ Dreamboat Annie

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19 posted 10-17-1999 07:47 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

You may not rhyme without a reason *S* but give you that reason and you will create a rhyme that knocks on our tear ducts and settles in our hearts. Well done, 'Deer one!!!
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20 posted 10-17-1999 08:22 PM       View Profile for Andrew Scott   Email Andrew Scott   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Andrew Scott

Sir Balladeer: Once again, you have helped us to see a greater truth. It is a wonderful gift you have and my thanks again for sharing your gift... I bow to you and yours.
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21 posted 10-17-1999 08:30 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, friends. It is a poem based on sad truth, for sure.
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22 posted 10-17-1999 10:37 PM       View Profile for Pufalove   Email Pufalove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pufalove

Echo to all of the above. I truly love the way your poety flows and introduces new topics to ponder. I've missed reading them so will have to catch up. Bravo!

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O all ye powers that he implanted, Arise, keep silence no more; put forth the strength that he hath granted, your noblest work is to adore.

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23 posted 10-18-1999 12:39 PM       View Profile for Iloveit   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Iloveit

I love your poems, each one is a treasure, and as I read more and more I find that the real treasure is the author himself
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24 posted 10-19-1999 03:53 AM       View Profile for Watcher666   Email Watcher666   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Watcher666's Home Page   View IP for Watcher666

What an inspiring story you have woven here.Liked this much!

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Illusion...what we see and what we do...it's all up to you.
 
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