Monday, 27 November 2017

Forty Years On

I was accused of a heinous crime
and told I’d have to serve my time.
I shouted my innocence to the wind
and waited for the judge to rescind
the verdict that was certainly wrong.
It was said the evidence was strong
as witnesses had sworn they had seen
a man acting suspiciously at the scene
who looked the spitting image of me;
that was the reason I lost my liberty.
Because I did not have a valid alibi
I had to wave my freedom goodbye.
The thought that I’d be behind bars
and that I would suffer mental scars
for a long time, filled me with dread;
it was tantamount to being dead.
My barrister argued points of law
and then they found a serious flaw:
it looks as if the specialist didn’t latch
on the fact that there was no match
between DNA found on the deceased
and my genetic code. I was so pleased
that the charges had been dismissed
but furious that I had been so dissed.
It is true I shall have the consolation
of quite a substantial compensation
but I shan’t forget my bitters tears
and I won’t get back the lost years .

© Luigi Pagano

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Luigi Pagano has published three collections of poems: ‘Idle Thoughts’, ’Reflections’ and ‘Poetry On Tap’. His work has been featured in ABCTales’ magazines,UKAuthors’ anthologies, Poetry24 and several other publications.