Locked Up

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub - Monday Quadrille #133
(posted by msjadeli) - "Stand"

"Your challenge today, if you choose to accept it, is to use stand or any word that includes stand in it to write a quadrille. Describe what taking a stand means to you. Talk about how you stand in the world. Explore how you’ve seen others stand. Be at a standstill. Walk through a stand of trees."

The eyewitness
got on the stand–
swore he would tell
the truth.  Raised left hand.  
Lied through his teeth,
and an innocent man
was convicted–out of reach–
for thirty years.  Finally
truth was uncovered.
No evidence, all lies.
Lost confidence
in judicial system.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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5 Responses to Locked Up

  1. msjadeli says:

    Sara, I don’t want to think of how many innocent are behind bars — and how many of the guilty are still out walking around because of it….


  2. Mish says:

    A horrifying thought. Lies still make their way to sacred ground.


  3. Ingrid says:

    I cannot imagine the tortured lives of the victims of miscarriages of justice. An important subject.


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