Thursday, 16 May 2013

Behind the Façade

We often speak of aliens abductions,
of people vanishing without a trace
and assume that creatures from Mars
have spirited them to an outer space.

There are stories and films galore
such as Cocoon and The Fourth Kind,
where the inhabitants of other worlds
have come to earth with evil in mind.

But let us forget the extraterrestrials
and concentrate on another scenario
the one enacted by one wicked man,
one calculating and sordid Lothario.

It was behind the respectable façade
of one dwelling in Seymour Avenue
where he committed a terrible crime,
one so abject that is now going to rue.

For a decade three young women captive
lived segregated from their loved ones.
They were negated the right to freedom
and the happiness they cherished once.

For the young ladies the nightmare is over
now that the villain has been unmasked
but to understand this strange situation
pertinent questions will have to be asked.

© Luigi Pagano

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Luigi Pagano is a contributor to Poetry24 and other websites. He has published three poetry collections the latest of which is Poetry On Tap (Available at