Mary Spain


The Prisoner's Wife

Poem by Mary Spain

She sits there, fingering her wedding-ring
With restless hands, while counsel for the Crown,
Urbane and skilled, concludes his questioning.
She listens, keen and anxious, quick to frown
At each obtrusive sound that might distract
The judge's ear. They speak of violence
In passive tones, as men play out an act
They've played before; where one man's innocence
Or guilt is held contained within the scope
And framework of the law. Did this man kill?
I watch as one apart, untouched by hope
Or senseless craving for revenge, until
I see the words: 'Imprisonment for life',
Inflict their sentence on the prisoner's wife.


Comments about The Prisoner's Wife by Mary Spain

  • Sulaiman Mohd YusofSulaiman Mohd Yusof (7/2/2009 9:03:00 AM)

    Release the lock of his wife would be a better idea! !(Report)Reply

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  • Patrick LadbrookePatrick Ladbrooke (2/11/2008 1:44:00 AM)

    Powerful poem, and an interesting angle. I like the style of it too, a mixture of free verse and a rhyme to dramatise the effect on the real victim.

    Good luck with it

    Patrick(Report)Reply

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  • Catastrophe King (10/17/2006 1:24:00 AM)

    Indeed... a mind-awakening piece..... it was very thoughtful of you to pick on this theme! Excellent work here.... Every line is alive with life's pain! You write like an artist.... when would we see some new work from you..... It is so much a pleasure to read you... a complete 10 for you here.(Report)Reply

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  • Nimal Dunuhinga (8/9/2006 4:57:00 PM)

    The Prisoner and his wife both sentenced to the life imprisonment by law.It seems very unfair? A very thought provoking poem Mary.Well done.(Report)Reply

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  • Mary Nagy (8/2/2006 6:30:00 AM)

    I really enjoyed this Mary. You bring the reader right into the courtroom with you. Very nice work. Sincerely, mary(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, August 2, 2006

Poem Edited: Friday, August 20, 2010


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