two wrongs

years ago a body lay

upon this very spot

a runaway, disposable

a girl too soon forgot

 

she came here to escape her pain

and all the city lights

that hid the beauty of the stars

from each of us at night

 

she told me of this secret place

and shared with me a kiss

she spoke of dreams unendingly

so much of life she’d missed

 

despite the scars of harsh abuse

her soul was pure inside

she wished for love and worldly peace

until the night she died

 

they say the man who murdered her

was someone they all know

police had caught him once before

but had to let him go

 

another child’s bloody clothes

were found in his possession

when asked what was it he had done

he gave a full confession

 

yet all this proof was then ignored

by those who make our laws

because of claims it was obtained

without sufficient cause

 

some officers had moved in haste

their acts our courts condemn

but punishment for their mistakes

was never dealt to them

 

instead the bitter consequence

lay motionless right here

where justice failed a teenage girl

who I once held so dear

 

where did all our fairness go?

when did we lose sight

of the simple common phrase

two wrongs don’t make a right?

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