The Secret

16 Apr
the virtue of another name
has been imputed to my account
the judge and grand jury
have already pronounced the verdict
my sentence is no longer up for debate
no further deliberation, now a settled matter
sure, rogue prosecutors are constantly trying to
rehash the allegations against me but
there can be no double jeopardy
blood already paid for blood
a life stood as proxy for a life
the finished business - a rectified affair
what was wrong has been put to rights
the curse reversed
i did nothing to deserve this reprieve
and everything not to
glad gratitude wells up when
considering the secret

© Brian Peter Hodgkinson

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Posted by on April 16, 2022 in Poetry


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