This is about a real life event shown on TV about a man convicted of killing of his family after a too long period of time of abuse. The story came out as a member of the wife’s immediate family told of the man’s terrible actions during the lifetime of the woman he killed. He tried to use the insane plea, but it did not work and he was put away for the rest of his life. Not enough…..
Rage of a Man 2016-55
Amongst the stillness, a whimpering sound,
Over in the corner a child lay, almost still
Huddled with legs drawn up to chin
Sobbing, a bruised body racked with pain
Tear streaked eyes, mucous flowing from nose
No attempt to dry or wipe away
Livid red welts on buttocks and back
Testimonial to a savage, unexpected beating
A man, his father now gone away for a while
That earlier before strolled together through the zoo
One drop, then two, some more blood, finally stopped
A wound from the buckle on belt so wide and hard
Seven years old and not knowing why
His love still there, somehow, – but why?
A fit of rage, a scream of hate, the belt,
For dropping a cookie on the floor?
His mother, standing by powerless to act,
Flinching as each slash came down on her son
This man, her husband, the same one married with love
So long ago, a different time, less strife
No excuses, for actions so horrible to all
No reason, no justification for this trial; why?
Only sorrow, sadness and despair for now
As she stares in the telltale mirror
Looking at a face grown old by each passing day
A returned image of blackened eyes and cut lips
WHY – the most unanswered question at times
By those that so much need and deserve one
2 thoughts on “Rage of a Man 2016-55”
the horror of such stories is that others saw what was happening and did nothing, not even calling someone to investigate——and the response so often is I didn’t know who to call! Seems like there are so many crisis phone numbers, the police, a minister, someone!
Some could call it “apathy” or “not my problem”, but getting involved takes effort and committment.