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Innocence


This poem was inspired by the Troy Davis saga – a black man accused of killing a white cop and held for a murder charge.  Although most of the prosecution’s witnesses recanted or contradicted their earlier evidence, and although Troy continued to maintain his innocence, he was executed by lethal injection on September 21, 2011. Read more of this story here and here.  I wrote this hours after realizing he was executed.  As a former juror in our own legal system, I remember that it was reiterated over and over that this is not a court of justice, it’s a court of LAW.  I realized that it isn’t about justice, but who sticks closest to the rule of law.  And therein lies the flaw…. even though in this case, not even the rules of law seemed to have been adhered to….

Innocence

 

Innocence

 

In.  No.  Sense.

 

In

No

Sense

 

Was this right

Another black man’s light

Extinguished

 

Where did this make sense

Where is the justice?

Recanted evidence,

Coerced and bullied

Nothing allowed to sully

The conviction

 

Ain’

No

Sense

Guilty although doubts cast

 

Lethal injection draws

Societal poison

Through veins of legal system

Decency dies

Amidst cries for clemency

Just coz it was a cop

Shot?

 

More than half shaft-

Ed

Earlier testimony

But we‘ve already signed

Death’s penalty

Slip

Sorry – no more hearings

 

Finality sits

He must die

Tho evidence flies

Through the door

 

No more hearings!

You are wearing

His name out

I am

I am

I am

Troy Davis!

 

It is me!

Could be

The next black body

Swinging high from legal tree

Legal lynching

Flinching in the pinching

Of

Noose clinching

 

Not a court of justice

A court of

Just

This:

Law

Therein lies the flaw

 

When tears run

Red and raw

Justice has just begun

Ain’ no sense…..

 

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Discussion

9 thoughts on “Innocence

  1. Wow!!! This is raw, strong, deep…I feel it, even though I didn’t read about it. I loved your play on words in no sense, fantastic work.

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    Posted by ahhhpoetry | November 8, 2011, 2:45 AM
  2. This is very intense and I also felt it. I used to work in the court system and had to get out, because of the “no justice” feeling…great writing! 🙂

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    Posted by lscotthoughts | November 8, 2011, 4:00 PM
  3. Harsh, powerful & sadly all too true….

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    Posted by kate58 | November 8, 2011, 6:04 PM
  4. As a matter of fact, my son was recently arrested for get this….having a bogus inspection sticker!! He had just bought the car, and a cop pulled him over for no reason, and then says to him, the sticker is bogus. Now how does one know a sticker is bogus if they just bought the car????

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    Posted by ahhhpoetry | November 9, 2011, 3:13 AM
  5. Deep. Felt the passion as I read.

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    Posted by Nekisha CD Lewis | December 2, 2011, 1:10 AM
  6. Wow a year later and it all comes back to me what a sad day it was. This was very deep and raw loved this.

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    Posted by boneyfidelioness | September 21, 2012, 7:30 PM

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