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Proof Needed as per Brenda's Prompt

Misbah has always wanted to pursue writing as a career. She loves to do poetry. She is conveying messages of love through her poetry.

Burden of proof

Burden of proof

Behind the curtains

A new week, a new prompt by our lovely poetess, a loving friend, and a beautiful soul, Brenda Arledge. I think She doesn’t need an introduction. She is very well known and an inspiration to many. Thanks a lot, Brenda, for giving us the opportunity to be creative and more creative.

The word prompt for this week is Proof.
I am so sorry, Brenda. I'm so far behind. But I'm sure I didn't scribble that bad. But I'm afraid as well. A lot of my fellow authors have already written brilliant responses.

My answer to the word “proof” is about our poor corrupt law systems and dirty gambling. How the laws do injustice with innocent lives. Let's give it a start now. I hope, I will not disappoint my beautiful readers.

The innocent and cops

I now understood those innocent people

who confess to the cops a crime

they did not commit,


after nights in police custody,

after hours of arguments,

Hypotheses and proofs asserted by the prosecution.


These innocent people who end up

believing the truth told by others,

who come to doubt their own certainties,

Those they had when they entered the judge's office.

“Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught.”

— ― Honore de Balzac

The dirty money games

The presumptions never go all in one direction,

Not in a complicated case than this.

This is the problem.

We do not have enough information,

The file is incomplete.

There is no clear pattern,

No obvious answer.

So the inspectors do what everyone else does:

they make up a story in their head, a theory,

and then they go to the file to find,

Proof of what they are saying.

They first arrest a suspect

And then look for an element to charge him.

I feel sorry for our poor laws

And for the dirty money games

For those innocents who were treated

Like an animal

And caged for no reason

“Where money talks, the poor have no voice.”

— ― Matshona Dhliwayo

The Proof of Human Injustice

The proofs which troubled reason refuses you

seek them in feeling and in impression

Nothing to do with minds,

Who always asks for explanations?

The judge said in the court

While listening to the case of criminal

I hold the accused innocent

as long as there is no clear evidence

The truth cannot be without proof;

the lie does not need to be proven

Money here in the world plays a big role

The notes are always used to stick

the poor and innocent

One of the greatest proofs of human injustice

is that it needs laws to be fair

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

— ― Martin Luther King Jr.

© 2021 Misbah Sheikh

Comments

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on May 02, 2021:

Thanks you so much for your kind words of appreciation, Tobe.

I am glad you liked it. Gratitude

Blessings

Peace Tobe Dike from Delta State, Nigeria. on May 02, 2021:

I enjoyed reading this...great great work you've done. Well done!!!

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on May 02, 2021:

Thanks you so much for your kind words of appreciation, Gyanendra Mocktan — Highly appreciated. It's very sad when innocent people are imprisoned for years due to injustice. Thanks a lot for your kind support.

I am pleased to know you liked it. Happy Sunday

Blessings always

gyanendra mocktan from Kathmandu,Nepal on May 01, 2021:

Misbah, your voice raised against the injustice inflicted on innocent people is timely and powerfully told. Thank you

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on May 01, 2021:

@Vidya: Thank you so much for your lovely words of appreciation- Truly appreciated!! It is sad that injustice is still there on some level, at some point in the world.I am glad you liked it. Wishing you a lovely Weekend.

Blessings and Peace

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on May 01, 2021:

@Greg: Thank you very much for your thoughtful remarks— highly appreciated. Yes, I hope maybe someday things will get better. Together, we are able to make a difference. Let’s hope for good. I'm pleased to hear that you liked it. Gratitude!! Thanks for joining us here.

Happy weekend to you

Blessings

VIDYA D SAGAR on May 01, 2021:

A very thought provoking poem Misbah. Justice needs to be fair. But money and power usually impede a fair trial. It's sad when innocent people are imprisoned for years due to lack of fair justice.

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on May 01, 2021:

@Mr. Bill: Thanks a lot for your kind words of appreciation. Highly appreciated. There may be times when we are helpless in preventing injustice, but there should never be a time when we fail to protest. Yes, I agree that the writing platform provides an opportunity to talk about the evils of society, and I think that together we can make a difference. Many thanks for your support. I am blessed to be with such fine writers as you. Much gratitude.

Blessings and Peace

greg cain from Idaho, USA on May 01, 2021:

Misbah - hope is a strong motivator, Misbah, and I think you and your thoughts and words are the start of a conversation about hope: the hope that with meaningful dialog we can effect change for good in the world. Excellent response to Brenda's prompt. Nicely done.

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on May 01, 2021:

@Chitra Di: Thanks a lot for your insightful thoughts-- much appreciated

Yes, I agree there are a lot of such examples in our world. When the power of money speaks a poor and innocent dies. Justice is not to be compromised. I'm pleased to hear that you liked it. Gratitude!!

Blessings and Love

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on May 01, 2021:

@Amara: Thank you so much for your lovely words of appreciation- Truly appreciated. I am glad you liked my response to Brenda's prompt challenge. God Bless you too

Wishing you a superb weekend

Blessings and Love

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on May 01, 2021:

@John: Thank you for your gracious and generous words, my friend. I am so pleased to know that you like the message behind this poetry. I believe that equal justice cannot exist when the type of trial a man receives depends on the amount of money he has. Much Gratitude

Wishing you a beautiful weekend filled with joy.

Blessings always

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on May 01, 2021:

@Brenda: Thanks a lot for your beautiful and lovely comment. Truly appreciated dear friend. True, we do need laws as a society. I wish them to be fair. In some places, I do believe they are fair, but all History is contemporary; all injustice continues on some level, at some point in the world. I am glad you liked it. Happy Weekend

Blessings and Love

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on May 01, 2021:

@Peggy: Thank you very much for your thoughtful remarks, Peggy. Highly appreciated. As long as poverty, injustice, and inequality remain in our world, none of us can truly rest. Let's raise our voices. Together, we are able to make a difference. Happy Weekend dear friend.

Blessings and Love

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 01, 2021:

I love your commitment to social justice. Writing is a wonderful platform from which to speak out about the ills of society. Well done, my friend, and blessings always.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on May 01, 2021:

Nice response to Brenda's word prompt challenge, with an important message for the society! There are so many examples, when justice has been compromised, for want of proof, or due to the influence of money power!

Very well written, Thank you for sharing!

Amara from Pakistan on May 01, 2021:

What a creativity Misbah..

Beatiful response to prompt challenge..

God bless you..

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on April 30, 2021:

There is a good message in this poetry, Misbah. It is sad when money can buy justice or injustice. A very good response to Brenda’s word prompt “proof.”

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on April 30, 2021:

Misbah,

Thank you for your kind words.

Your poem, "The Innocent and the Cops" does point out a problem that sometimes happens. After hours of grilling, the person is not sure what the truth is and confesses.

On your second one, "The Dirty Money Games" this one points out what can happen but is sad.

There are times when the details seem unclear. Fuzzy at best.

The detectives or people investigating do come up with a theory and try to prove this beyond a reasonable doubt.

Often times the proof is incomplete...it is not all there and an innocent man gets locked behind bars.

"The Proof of Human Injustice" stated by the judge is I hold the accused innocent

as long as there is no clear evidence...

This to me means the person is innocent unless he can be proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

I see that you are saying money plays a part in this one and we need fair laws.

That a lie doesn't need proven.

I'm sure that the laws are different in each country.

All of your poems tie together about what an injustice it is when innocent people get arrested and placed behind bars.

I know sometimes an innocent man gets cleared of his charges after serving many years and this is so sad.

Alot of food for thought.

We need laws as a society, but hopefully they are fair and not corrupt.

I will post a link in the article.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 30, 2021:

The rich do have advantages over the poor when it comes to justice. The ideal of justice is that it is blind. It is tragic when innocent people are incarcerated.

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