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Travesty


Frank E Gibbard
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Frank E Gibbard

Eighteen years of penal life solitude undeserved he served;

Unimaginable deprivation of legal right, nil human justice

To him was dispensed or justifiably preserved: in his land,

Where freedom's proclaimed proudly, heralded by statute

That noble state of well-being embodied for all its peoples

In every resounding anthemic note of her very constitution.

He had been framed corruptly falsely declaimed as a killer

Besmirched and condemned to the filthy company of a jail

Poisoned by that vilest stain of calumny and foul reputation.

Thusly divorced from family friends and society he lost it all

 

[based on a true story depicted in a Hilary Swank 2010 picture "Convicted"]

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