Poetry from long ago, which expresses a different mindset and person than he who walks in those shoes today; Thank God!
FIVE TO LIFE
Five to Life, The Judge he said,
Just turn around, and bow your head!
Youâ€™re going to Prison, as you know you must,
And Lord have mercy, because the law is Just!
I walked away with hate in my eyes,
I was going to prison, and there I would cry.
I robbed a store, kicked-In a door,
Now my life will be no more!
Iâ€™ll be like an animal, sitting in a cage,
As time passes on, just building my rage.
Iâ€™ll be waiting for the day, when theyâ€™ll set me free,
And Iâ€™ll walk on out, as an animal should be…
The Murdererâ€™s and Rapistâ€™s, thereâ€™re being set free,
While all thatâ€™s in prison, is lonesome old me.
They had their money, and their freedom they bought,
But I was poor, so here I rot.
You talk of Justice, and you say youâ€™re free,
But Judge and Jury, you ainâ€™t no better than me!
William J. Cormier
Written over thirty years agoâ€¦ Another life, another timeâ€¦.