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Below is the poem entitled A MURDERER'S HEIR which was written by poet JOSE VELAZQUEZ. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.



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She died,
She died to save her son,
From the horrors of her past.
She felt it was the only gift,
She could truly give,
One that would forever last.

She made many mistakes,
But none could of been ,
Considered a crime.
She knew this deep in her heart,
But she sat silently in her cell,
Serving her time.

Society had already deemed,
That her blood,
Was only fit to be spilled.
Her supposed crime,
Helping her husband,
Find the victims he would kill.

Yes she had used poor judgment,
But she was totally unaware,
Of the kind of monster he was.
Once she found out,
What he was truly capable of,
She did what any person,
In her shoes does,

She took her little boy,
Her darling angel from above,
Found a better place,
For him to be safe and loved.

She then called the authorities,
So that her and her evil husband,
Could be locked away.
And now here she is,
Sitting in the executioner's chamber.
Patiently waiting for her judgment day.

Taking with her a secret,
That an innocent woman,
Was about to die.
But to her it was a fair trade,
For her baby to keep believing this lie.

The truth,
Once revealed,
Could only cause him despair.
For how could he truly handle,
He was,
A murderer's heir.

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  1. Date: 12/11/2010 10:01:00 PM
    I really liked this poem. I wondered also if this is based on a true story. I love how you pulled me into this story. Some of your lines -- 'society had already deemed...' Really strong emotion here. Thank you for this.

  1. Date: 12/9/2010 10:46:00 PM
    Is this poem written about a real person, Jose? I found myself immersed in the story behind this poem, wishing the woman had been shown more mercy by the jury. A very compelling narrative. Best wishes, Carolyn