Tuesday, August 17, 2010

White Space














Two steps forward,
drive the blade home.
Two steps back,
gape at the wounds.
Turn away from
the gurgling sound,
time oozing away,
just like in the video,
just like the arcade game.
This is how
I prove myself.
This is how
I make my name.
This is how
I demonstrate
my own superiority.

Law?
You're having a laugh.
Coppers?
Two a penny.
Neighbours?
It's them or us.
Justice?
He ain't getting any!

From Wikipedia
Stephen Lawrence was murdered in 1993. On 14 February 1997, the Daily Mail newspaper labelled all five of those believed to have attacked and killed Lawrence "murderers", challenging them to sue the newspaper for libel if they were wrong. The headline read "Murderers: The Mail accuses these men of killing. If we are wrong, let them sue us." Underneath this headline appeared pictures of Gary Dobson, Neil Acourt, Jamie Acourt, Luke Knight, and David Norris. In 2002, two men accused in the Lawrence case, David Norris and Neil Acourt, were convicted and jailed for a racist attack on a plainclothes black police officer.
In July 2010, Gary Dobson was jailed for five years for dealing in drugs.
No one has been convicted of Stephen Lawrence's murder. The suspected killers, all but one now possessing additional police records, are at large and detailed on the Mail website.


This grim poem was the product of a sleepless night, probably because I would have to admit to the Daily Mail doing something good!

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous4:51 AM

    A closet Mail reader! Who'd have guessed! I love the new poems, Richard. All power to your writing elbow. Beryl

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