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It’s said that punishment should fit the crime:
On bloody hand, slide on a glove to match.
The worse the act, the longer is the time;
The lesser only needs a little patch. 

At crimes that shock our sensibilities,
We shy as if the shadow is too dark.
We would not bash a head or break both knees;
The monster gets a minnow, not a shark. 

And thus, they pay a paler punishment,
Escaping sharper knife for one’s that’s dull.
They suffer less than savaged innocent,
Since we won’t mete what’s cruel, unusual. 

Some criminals should die by slow degree,
Unless a monster’s made of you and me.


© Dennis Allen Lange and thebardonthehill.wordpress.com, 2018.





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He tried a bit; that was enough.
He rested on his laurels.
He liked a life that’s smooth, not rough –
No struggles and no quarrels.

Then enemies o’er ran the line,
Won ev’ry single battle.
The innocents that he’d called “mine”
Were slaughtered like mere cattle.

For when so wicked is the foe,
It’s not for peace they’re suing.
Annihilation’s all they know,
One’s whole and last undoing.

photo by Eric Ortner at


© Dennis Allen Lange and thebardonthehill.wordpress.com, 2016.

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