Crime, or: Punishment

A ‘Septolet’

with presidential pardons
return home from war.

Incidents of violent


The Septolet is a poem consisting of seven lines containing fourteen words with a break anywhere in between the two parts. Both parts deal with the same thought and create a picture.

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

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24 thoughts on “Crime, or: Punishment”

  1. A sad situation, David! This outcome should not have been unanticipated by those who released criminals into military service! Or maybe they just didn’t care.

    The destruction or wars spreads outward like ripples from a stone dropped in a pond! So much suffering!

    Thank you for keeping the evils of war in focus! Easy to become war-weary.

  2. So truthful. It happens after every conflict in the world.. Even in my country, when “volunteers” returned from middle east conflict zones, gangs seemed a little more emboldened, and violent crime rates spike.

  3. Exactly. You reap what you sow. This poem is crisp and to the point – I wish I could condense to the essence the message as you do! โค

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