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An Innocent Man

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Michael
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0 posted 08-31-99 06:49 AM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Michael

AN INNOCENT MAN

The crowd chants on, I hear the cries.
I feel the scourge of staring eyes.
I face the world, a man accused.
On my knees, broken down and bruised.

The charges fly, the tension mounts.
The verdicts in. Guilty, all counts.
To serve Justice, the county's boon,
I will hang tomorrow by noon.

I wait, my cell a tomb of grief.
Still plead my case to none's belief.
Alone, in darkness, the world asleep,
I sit awake and weep, and weep.

Tears enough to fill the cauldron of hope,
Not enough to save me from the rope.
Onto the gallows, head held high,
I face the nooses deadly eye.

This midday sun hath never shone this cold.
Alas, I have never felt so old.
The shadows have never loomed so pale,
Alas, the sun, itself, hath drawn a veil.

And I wonder where mercy exists.
And I wonder if Justice persists,
What shame lies ‘hind the hooded head-
Of the hangman by which I now swing, dead.

I wonder if truth ever mattered,
Or if it's just dust on the wind, scattered.
I wonder if life was just a test,
If so, why I failed, given my best.

I wonder of those left behind,
If mine's a name in joy they'll find.
If communal trust and darkling clan-
Will ever exonerate an innocent man.
© Copyright 1999 Michael Anderson - All Rights Reserved
~one voice~
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1 posted 08-31-99 08:47 AM       View Profile for ~one voice~   Email ~one voice~   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for ~one voice~

Whew! Move over O.J.... hehehe Fantastic emotions portrayed here Michael! I like this piece... Just out of curiousity, mind if I ask what was your muse?

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~onevoice~

"She looked at her life
like lines, never-ending,
constantly forming,
reforming and bending."


WhtDove
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2 posted 08-31-99 09:50 AM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Wow!!! This was a good one! I don't know what to say. You have left quite an image in my head!
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Wow, well done Michael..

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"No one was ever ruined from without;
The final ruin comes from within.".....Amelia E. Barr


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4 posted 08-31-99 11:22 AM       View Profile for poetFemmeFatale   Email poetFemmeFatale   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for poetFemmeFatale

This is so powerful, I just have to hang my head in sorrow....I'm in disbelief...

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Michael
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5 posted 08-31-99 11:53 AM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Well One Voice,
This poem was actually comes from the shame I have personally have felt at the hands of family members who chose to believe an outsiders viscious rumor about me without ever actually hearing what I might have had to say on the matter.
It was actually a very painful piece for me to write, thus it became much easier with the imagery of the gallows. Just for the record - I didn't do it! (hehe)


Michael
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6 posted 04-28-2004 11:34 AM       View Profile for Susan Caldwell   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Susan Caldwell

Very powerful...

As I read it I was reminded of divorce..

"cast me gently into the morning, for the night has been unkind"
~Sarah McLachlan~

 
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