Crime Poetry – Tightrope

Crime Poetry – Tightrope

Crime statistics show a couple of common denominators right across the globe: poverty and instability in the home. Tightrope is my stab at crime poetry.


 To strangle time
he etched
horizontal lines
on cell walls,
tripping over
a limp pencil,

the tightrope
he wished
had choked him
not stretched out
in front
from day one.

He asphyxiated
day 7049
charting another
wiping out
the last glimmer
of white wall

he'd soon bunk
to seek
green pastures
unfamiliar to
tightrope walkers.

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