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  Green Mile - a dark poem by Australian writer Graeme King - funny, sad, serious and romantic poems. Poems for children, nature and environment poems. ©kingpoetry2007.

Green Mile

Oh, please don't think I'd hesitate to kill you

should I possess the weapons and the motive,

or simply want another nice distraction -

and don't give me that "see what drugs do" look


Oh yes, I used six bullets in my fury

but I am calmer now - you ask the jury


I wonder how a box can turn in circles,

yet these four walls keep spinning like a dancer

a thousand years will not becalm my anger

my pen describes it all there in my book


I wish that I could cut the bile with honey

but publishers have principles: make money


Society demands it take my future

a switch will flick and still my guilty breathing

a lightning bolt of public retribution

will you join in the smiling as I cook?


You'll see me smiling as my eyeballs smolder

and watch it in your dreams as you grow older


A trudging walk, why hurry to what's waiting?

No Father, I cannot confess I'm sorry,

I'm ready for the answers to my questions

my life as payment for the one I took


I could have owned the world and all that's in it

she's dead, and I will follow in a minute


Original picture by Graeme King ©Kingpoetry2007  BACK to TOP