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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

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