When the society and laws fail maybe revenge is justice.

The judgement

 He took her in the fields

Violated her

Without her consent

On her way to school..


She came home in tatters

Cried not

Wooden faced

Her mother knew...


The elders of the village

Put their wise heads together

The headman's son

How to save the day?


Marry them.... said

The wisest of the lot.

What a wise judgement!

Hear  the village applaud!


The festivities jarred

In her ears

The jasmine smell

Brought on nausea....


Giggles and laughs

For the first night

Flowers incense

Milk honey oils....


She gave him the milk with a smile

It was late morning

When they found the couple

Stretched across the bed...dead..


The judgement of the elders

Rejected by her

She had announced her own..


She must have poisoned him first

At least she got to watch him die

That was something....





Submitted: August 29, 2021

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Andrea Magee

Good poem

Sun, August 29th, 2021 10:26am


Thanks Andrea!

Wed, September 29th, 2021 10:05pm

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