Mystery and Crime Poetry posted September 16, 2010

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The Life of a Serial Killer

by sweetwoodjax

The life of a serial killer can vary each day,
Never knowing what chances will come his way.

He wakes in the morning to kiss his wife,
Walks out the door and takes someone's life.

The scent of woman, the cut of her hair,
The set of her eyes, she's so unaware.

He stalks his prey and makes his move,
No rhyme or reason for who he would choose.

With a satisfied gleam, he leaves her behind,
A forgotten victim in the dirt and the grime.

A woman is dead, the papers announce.
With a hidden agenda, he starts to denounce

The senseless actions of someone taking a life,
Vowing forever to protect his own wife.

Neighbors are astonished when he's finally caught.
This can't be the man the policemen had sought.

He's a family man and he coaches a team.
He's busy living the American dream.

They look on in shock as he's carried away.
Thanks for reading about a serial killer's day.

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Write a poem (any style and length), entitled "The Life of..." (you fill in the blank). Here is your chance to write about a subject that interests or means something to you!


When people find out that someone that lives in their neighborhood is a killer, the most heard response is that it couldn't be him or her. They seem too normal. Several serial killers have led a life that would not point to them being guilty. They fade in the background against the perceived notion of serial killers.

thank you to ducilla for the perfect picture. we see a man's shadow, but we don't know the inside
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