SQC Chevalier

Rookie (4-18-1966 / Elizabeth, New Jersey)

If This Is Their First Offense - Poem by SQC Chevalier

and they are “not” serial rapists or mentally ill
or used guns to kill-
Should we ruin their names-
and make people more against them
especially if in the end they are innocent?
Why the first time put their mug shots up
to lose their jobs or image, making their life
filled with more yuk.
Give them the chance to prove their innocence
or get help for their first offense.
Not treat them like their bad right outside the gate
this makes society judge them and possibly hate—
For if they are “not a harm to everyone”
why make it harder for them to see the sun?

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Written by SC Chevalier on April 8,2013

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, September 5, 2013

Poem Edited: Friday, September 6, 2013


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