The Death of a Criminal

Reena Saxena

Criminal remains

beg forgiveness, as the flames

devor their darkness.

An awakening too late

does not help them, or the world.

They stepped into sin

and were soon sucked by quick sands

Impossible was

re-emergence or escape

when they wanted it.

A blurred perspective

and the lure of quick money

entrenched their young feet

in caves with no exit doors

till they perished on their own.

Nobody mourns them

other than shame-faced mothers

who hide tears

behind black veils, to mask

crimes which are not their own.

Inspired by Sue Vincent at

Thursday Photo Prompt Mask #Writephoto

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She has written a number of books, both alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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