A Widow Instead of a Wife

On the jury, a once in a lifetime event –
after several days of deliberations
– listening & not much talking on my part,
we concluded with my saying
“It sounds like we’re all in agreement,
why don’t we take a vote?”
sentencing a gang member for murder
to life without parole
(out to collect money for electric)
taking the life of a young lover
celebrating
on the night before exchanging vows
leaving a ‘widow’ to mourn
instead of wed

Author: Emma Beane

"My history is still one of those mysteries I struggle with every day..." - [ebeane] ... All original works Copyright Emma Beane

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