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The Ordeal

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The Ordeal

The court’s dragons are working overtime
which doesn't surprise me, for real.
Last week in the headlines we read old news -
former state policemen achieves third appeal
for killing his wife and two children.
Their murders are a twelve-year ordeal.

Already proven guilty by a jury twice
both long-drawn out states of affairs.
The second time, a jury also convicted
an accomplice and he too is behind bars.
Lawyers, looking for money, defense isn't free.
Lawyers are thanking their lucky stars.

Lawyers looking for evidence they can deny.
A series of affairs with women - inadmissible. 
Reports of sexually abusing his daughter, 
and the insurance just bought – inexplicable.
I feel we should leave this third time to chance
Let him out, scot-free, his life will be miserable. 

Just maybe other dragons - equally demented as he
will put an end to his appeals,  how despicable.



Author’s Notes: Writing this piece, I learned  an ancient meaning for  ORDEAL:  a primitive method of determining a person's guilt or innocence by subjecting the accused person to dangerous or painful tests believed to be under divine control; escape was usually taken as a sign of innocence.

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  1. Date: 5/18/2013 8:45:00 PM
    Congratulations on your well deserved winning poem.. Hail Yeah! to all the dragon slayer winners :-) :-) :-) *LINDA

  1. Date: 5/17/2013 9:21:00 AM
    Written with insight and passion. This poem speaks of justice and injustice........ you are an incredible writer,.......wow!

  1. Date: 5/17/2013 5:42:00 AM
    Thank you for entering my contest

  1. Date: 5/17/2013 2:46:00 AM
    Enjoyed this immensely. Congrats on your win. Rick

  1. Date: 5/10/2013 6:09:00 PM
    How have I missed you till now? I had me a good time reading some of your works now. I'll definitely be back for more. I notice we're both passionate about the inadequacies of our respective justice systems. I have an idea you might enjoy my "Poetic Justice". Enjoying your entertaining writing, my friend.

  1. Date: 4/17/2013 5:57:00 PM
    Love the subject and the way you penned it; very engaging! Well done. :)