The Great Escape
by Bruce Whealton
Having seen evil,
spent an hour or more
in the same room
I felt both a strong urge
to wipe his image
from my mind,
so as to go back to a life
of having never seen
or been exposed
and at the same time
I felt an obligation
to destroy him
as if that was my duty
all whom he
might otherwise come to harm...
Isn't that what I owed
one of his victims?
I could still hear her words
and probably always would,
“Are you just going to let him
get away with it?”
And just the same,
his words echoed through time...
He said, she had disrespected him,
and for that she knew she would have
in the daylight.
So she boarded a train
the next day,
for a state
from where she had come.
Now I know,
many years later,
that he cannot be destroyed
and I just want to forget him,
forget his name,
act as if I never met him...
No, act is if I never knew
© 2010 Bruce Whealton
Whealton has been the co-editor and publisher of Word
Salad Poetry Magazine since 1995
and their newest publication, Haiku
Ramblings. They publish both on
the web at WordSaladPoetryMagazine.com
and in print. Bruce has
a Bachelors Degree from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master's
Degree in Social Work. He has been writing and studying poetry for many
years with various mentors. His poetry has been published recently in The
Horror Zine, and the associated
Anthology called “And
Now the Nightmare Begins: The Horror Zine.
His poems have also appeared in “lines
written w/a razor,” “Childe Bryde,”
“lunatic chameleon,” “the thin edge of
staring, “Chance Magazine,” Venus Rising,
the Wilmington Star News' Port
City Poets, and “Gravity
Hill,” and “Simple
Vows Anthology” which
is put out by St. Andrews College Press.
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