Hey Readers On day 29 of NaPoWriMo My penultimate poem is written on a controversial topic and they don’t come much more controversial than capital punishment which was suggested by my friend and fellow poet Stephen Watt. As a long standing opponent of the death penalty this was always going to be a difficult and challenging poem to write, however I hope I’ve done it justice. I have given it the title Scapegoat I hope you enjoy the read.
some people like hunting and shooting
others love hanging and flogging
I don’t think either has a place
in a modern civilised Scotland
but media types they love to claim
when tabloid truths are printed
the public want a life for a life
and opinion polls are tilted
in favour of panic reactions
there are times I get really depressed
when I see such a lack of compassion
from the loons
in the right wing press
who want a return
to the good old days
where Britain had an empire
when half the world
was red white blue
we should have been ashamed
it was easy to hunt for a scapegoat
in the search to find someone to blame
as innocents went to the gallows it must never happen again.
@ Gayle Smith 2016.