Mystery and Crime Poetry posted March 29, 2013

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A story of justice gone awry

This Iron Cage

by E Vin Smyth

Fifteen years in this iron cage
My anger slowly turns to rage
As years go by I hate to say
My hopes of freedom slip away
And yet I know I don't belong
I didn't do a damn thing wrong
She raised her arm to point to me
And that's the last time I was free
And even though I know she lied
The jury melted when she cried
So now I sit here in this jail
Watching Jurisprudence fail
I dream that someday she'll confess
And this injustice is addressed
Then they'll reverse this vile outrage
And free me from this iron cage


The influence for this poem is a recent story of a man who spent twenty three years in prison, until his accuser recanted and admitted she made the whole thing up.

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