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No justice in tragedy

A chapter in the book Poems From a Silent Voice

Turn the Page

by Warren Rodgers

A young boy once but now a man,
in need of help to quell his rage.
When captured in his early teens,
they counseled him then turned the page.

Compulsions of the vilest kind
consumed him when he came of age.
A tempest brewed and grew inside,
though justice knew, they burned the page.

One girl of nine will never grow
to live her dreams of center stage -
for evil raped and killed one day
as he would write her final page.

Her dreams cut down, his rights remain.
She's buried now, he's in a cage,
and silently we wonder why -
but all we do is turn the page ...



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My rhyme scheme is a little different a-b-c-b, d-b-e-b, f-b-g-b, h-b-i-b. The last line of each quatrain repeats the rhyming word "page". Written in iambic tetrameter (8 syllable lines).

This poem is based on a true story which happened in my hometown, on the street where I grew up, just two blocks away. The now 25 year old man pleaded guilty this week to the crime and will spend his life in jail. But still my questions remain. If you take this story back to the young boy needing help but never getting the help and of course the young girl becoming his innocent victim, it is a huge failure and a double tragedy. I posted a poem about this when it happened about a year ago called "A Girl Of Nine".

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