Poetry by Jeff Green

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She should know

by cricketjeff on April 16, 2009.  © Jeff Green, All rights reserved

His friendly face allays her fears
She knew him well so long ago
Though they’ve not met in many years
His is a story she should know
        He fought against their prejudice
        They said such love he should not show
        I know that I should tell you this
        His is a story she should know
They strung him up inside this room
Her father let the hatred grow
The racist mob spelt out his doom
His is a story she should know
        His friendly face allays her fears
        His is a story she should know

And now tonight he’s back in town
His vengeance blacker than a crow
A smile that’s broader than a clown
His is a story she should know
        Her father was a crooked judge
        Who loved his daughter head to toe
        This blameless ghoul now bears a grudge
        His is a story she should know
She thought she’d met an old school friend
But now she’s in a dark tableau
His ghostly hands will spell her end
His is a story she should know
        And now tonight he’s back in town
        His is a story she should know

The morning sees a dreadful scene
A young reporter Jess Monroe
Will ask the judge about what’s been
His is a story she should know
        The judge is weeping for his loss
        He’d never hurt a fly although
        Such slaughter makes him very cross
        His is a story she should know
The ghost avenged an ancient crime
Corrupt men reap the sins they sow
A vision from another time
A tragic story he should know
        The morning sees a dreadful scene
        This is a story we should know

Author notes

Two kyrielle sonnets then a third slightly modified one.