Courtroom…….

courts-gavel

Courtroom…..

Why did you take that man’s life
The judge he asked of I
Was cause it he looked at you the wrong way
It that enough for him to die
Did he bump into you in the street
Nearly knock you off your feet
Why did you take that man’s life,on a cold Saturday night


What the hell is wrong with you
The judge he asked of I
Is some imagined slight,enough for a man to die
The prison guards surrounded me,as I stood in the dock
Not interested to catch my eye,just watching the courtroom clock
Looking forward to when soon they would be free
I reckon it’ll be a long time,before the same can be said of me

The judge held his head in his hands,then looked my way in despair
It’s not incarceration you need ,he said,but mental health care
It’s a mental institution that I am sending you to
In there you will share with others the contents of your soul
With the other inmates,or should I say patients,and the psychiatrists too
We cannot have unstable murderers such as you walking the streets
We have to make it safe,for the elderly,the children and the weak

I looked at my family,across the courtroom hall
His family looked at I,their anger,rage sadness
Written upon their faces
But did I glimpse,for a brief moment, some compassion and understanding too
For a fellow member of the human race
I took that man’s life,on a cold Saturday night
Now I am to be imprisoned and treated for the rest of my life
Goodbye freedom,Goodbye wife

The judge looked my way,as I was taken down
His face contorted in an angry, philosophical,questioning frown
What the hell is wrong with you,is the question I read in his mind
It’s the very same question,on many nights, I ask of myself too.

 

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