Black Poetry : it wasn't me...

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  1. baller

    baller Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    his shirt was torn
    body, covered in sweat
    breathing hard
    hair dirty and wet
    his eyes were wild
    with alcoholic breath
    well over the limit
    when they gave him the test

    they threw him to the ground
    put a knee in his back
    handcuffed the brutha
    read him the riot act
    "you're under arrest"
    they said with disdain
    slapped him
    kicked him
    before the others came

    "why're you arresting me?
    i've done nothing wrong.
    i had a few drinks
    fell…
    on my way home."

    "you're under arrest
    for rape and assault
    you trying to deny it
    claiming it's not your fault"

    they took him to the precinct
    lined him up against a wall
    then lined up some others
    before making the call

    "that's him,
    the bastard"
    that woman did say

    "it wasn't me
    i promise"
    he didn't know what to say

    her words were like fire
    burning hot
    in his soul
    "i didn't do it"
    he shouted
    but his fate had been told
    by the look in her eyes
    overflowing with tears
    "it wasn't me" he knew
    but ahead were many years
    of a six by eight cell
    a
    bed
    and
    a
    stool
    a mirror made of mettle
    suicides were too cruel

    his future washed over him
    "how wrong can this be"
    as he realized the inevitable
    he'd no longer be free

    the trial came down
    a formality...that's all
    a week long process
    before he got the call

    "GUILTY"

    they charged
    pointing daggers at him
    "twenty-five to life
    for his terrible sin"

    "BUT IT WASN'T ME"

    he wept in his seat
    as the verdict was read
    "how could the jury
    could have been misled
    why couldn't they see
    i didn't do this thing
    i'm sad for this woman
    but it wasn't me."

    the first year was the hardest
    the second...so, so
    then five
    and ten
    he had no place to go

    sometime, in year eleven
    his lawyer stopped by
    "we wanna try this new technique
    would you give it a try
    it's called DNA testing
    of the semen in her
    when the crime was committed"
    his mind was in a blur
    "**** right, i wanna try it
    i said it wasn't me
    get a judge
    get a doctor
    do the test
    you'll see"

    when the testing was over
    he was vindicated and set free
    twelve years to the day
    when he was found guilty

    "i told you
    didn't i tell you"
    he cried profusely

    “twelve years

    ain’t that a *****
    why'd she have ta accuse me?”

    ****!

    TOO MANY OF OUR BRETHREN BE UNJUSTLY INCARCERATED.
     
  2. Bishop

    Bishop Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    baller, I hear you on this one. I had a cousin accused of the same thing, served 18 months before they realized he didn't do it. But instead of setting him free, they had to put him on home monitoring for 2 years, because it was a slow process in clearing his record. He still hasn't healed from the injustice done to him....
     
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    cocobutterskyn Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Baller, This is so painfully sad and true.

    Touching poem. Coco
     
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    baller Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Thanks for the read...

    Bishop, we hear it everyday...another brutha let out because he never should have been kept in. i can only imagine the anger and frustration your cousin must have inside...but, in order to move forward, he have to put it behind.

    Coco, still pondering over "Help!" thanks for the love.

    peace.
     
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    GYPSYMAN Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    **** !!!

    DEEP ...VERY PERTINENT AREA OF DISCUSSION ...U SPARKED SOMETHIN... ESPECIALLY SINCE THIS IS A TRUE STORY...
    EXCELLENT ....BRAVO !!!

    ONE !!!

    On A Continuous Journey
    GYPSYMAN
     
  6. baller

    baller Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    GYPSY...

    life is phucked sometimes. still, we have to play the cards we're dealt. i couldn't imaging being in this situation...though, i know it's an everyday occurrence.

    what irritates me is that so many of US are for the death penalty...when the justice system is so corrupt that only US have to contend with the END RESULT.

    thanks for feeling me.
     
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    wildflower7 Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    so true.
    you captured the story effectively.
    thank you.
    -7
     
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    on the flip side

    this piece makes me angry inside and sad. How could a woman lie about something as serious and traumatic as this??? I can't even imagine the pain this man must be feeling.
     
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    False acusations make it harder for women as well as men

    makes it that much harder to convince a judge when it happens for real !


    I feel for him
     
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    VERY

    well said! And all points from all sides, valid and well taken. Thank you for provoking thought. This is excellent.


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