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Rated: 13+ · Poetry · Death · #2289545
This poem is based on a true story.
A life is lost in winter
On Melbourne’s frigid streets,
In Fisher Street, an alleyway
A heart no longer beats.

In a blanket, in dense shrubbery
A young man, old before his time,
Lies huddled ‘gainst the winter chill
Until they make a ghastly find.

The police go in to investigate
Alerted by a noxious stench,
And from the blanket’s putrefaction
Protrudes a single fist in clench.

Remains too foul to mention
Are of a man long dead,
Attacked while sleeping in the shrubs
For twenty-five years his only bed.

Syringes lie around the corpse
The signature of those who kill,
Who took this poor man’s empty life
Exulting in their monstrous thrill.

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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