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A Most Violent Year

He thinks ,

about forgiveness
the forgiveness which he hadn’t got ,
And about time
about the passing seconds
about the approaching night.

He waits ,

out of sight down the alleyway
where he can see the “exit” sign
the one he’d watch for hours ,
And he waits
till the doors open
and light casts its Judas glare
on the emerging silhouette.

He thinks ,

about guilt
the guilt which he knows he won’t feel ,
And about time
about the passing seconds
as he walks towards his prey
and the approaching night.

Judge ,Jury and Executioner

The verdict was reached

before you were even arrested ;

Evidence had been planted

before the crime itself took place ;

Witnesses recognised your distinctive features

though they’d never seen you before ;

Your DNA and fingerprints were discovered by

forensics who couldn’t find what they were looking for;

Clueless detectives and incompetent policing

led them unerringly to your door ;

Your accomplices though you had none

betrayed you to save themselves ;

As the toxic cocktail enters your veins

you can take comfort from the words of Saint-Just ;

Nature wouldn’t condemn an innocent man ,

clearly there’s been a mistake .