The Dilemma

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Had I only thought twice…
As I was walking home late at night,
My heart started pounding with great fear and fright,
I heard…
The sounds of 2 coldhearted men beating on an innocent child with great anger and rage,
The cries of a young boy pleading for mercy,
Many pedestrians passed there,
But no one seemed to care

So there I stood with a fork in the road,
Bearing this heavy load,
If I act I might get caught in the riot,
Or should I just remain quite,
Having endured experiences in both joy and tears,
I was sure that my decision was well made for my years,
I decided to call the police and walk away,
Knowing that the guilt would always stay

The next day…as I routinely opened the morning newspaper,
The front cover glared at me with much shame and disgrace,
The headline read “Young Lad Brutally Murdered”,
My hands began shaking as I felt my body trembling,
Next to the title was a picture …a picture of my dear nephew,
If I only knew it was you,
I would have tried to save you,
Had I only thought twice…





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