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NaPoWriMo + Blogging from A to Z Challenge 2015 – E is for…

Poetry from A to Z *
(* NaPoWriMo + Blogging from A to Z Challenge)

E is for… Evidence
~ by Laurel Regan

(Pssst… new here? Welcome to Alphabet Salad! For background on how and why I got involved in both NaPoWriMo and the Blogging from A to Z Challenge, check out this post… and, if you’d like to catch up on my progress to date, my challenge posts are tagged with Poetry from A to Z. Glad you stopped by, and hope you’ll return!)

Blogging from A to Z April (2010) Challenge - E

two murders
four bullets
brown skin?
case closed.

claims of innocence
no fingerprints at the scene
no eyewitnesses to the crime
no tests of (his mother’s) gun
incompetent “expert” testimony
brown skin?
case closed.

Death Row
five-by-eight cell
sometimes solitary
thirty years expecting execution
brown skin?
case closed.

forensic tests, finally
conviction overturned and charges dropped
life spared, freedom granted
three decades lost
brown skin?
case closed.

~ Inspired by Anthony Ray Hinton

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Laurel Storey, CZT – Certified Zentangle Teacher. Writer, reader, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.