The Criminal and The Crime

The Criminal and The Crime
The Criminal and The Crime

The Criminal and The Crime


The prisoners will pick and choose one crime

a crime that glistens through a thickened rust

this manifestation of greed and lust

there’s no more water but fire this time.

Cleared of tyranny performing justice

or so they advertise to the public

upon the waves of new TechRepublic

so that some day you begin to “trust us.”

Everyday they continue the con

to keep their identity far away

and wear a mask that soothes everyone’s soul.

Each victim smiles when being set upon

nowhere to run from this criminal play

once magnetized to a negative pole.


Our lives stand within levels of our dream

each step upon this ladder takes such toil

until we shuffle off this mortal coil

a foot will slip off wrung with every scheme.

Let us break the chains of jealous tyrant

to understand the crime and criminal

a proactive approach irresistible

some sort of magic chiseled to an art.

Dreams become our toys except for this once

we take a respite from our place in clouds

to sit the criminals into their cells.

We will not play the character of dunce

to read the public man when enter crowds

no longer fall under these wicked spells.


So does this poem really tell a tale

of hurt and pain and other ways of being

a wayward spirit whose tired of seeing

to point out lessons learned each time we fail.

Maybe we could be child who escapes

into the arms of homeless poverty

to free ourselves and regain dignity

to sculpt and mold again our brazen shapes.

Then return humbly to the old kingdom

and destroy shadows darkness befallen

return some innocence before its gone.

This ancient mythology holds wisdom

a return after royalty sullen

to criminals and crime, to bring new dawn.

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My name is Jamie Lee Hamann and I have a passion for writing short fiction and poetry. I started writing for TCE around 2015 and since then I have finished seven collections of poetry and plans for more. I currently live in Lemmon Valley NV with my family. If you desire to find my other work on the internet feel free to stop by my website The website offers articles on poetry, poems, and links to all my other writing.

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