Social Justice Poetry

True Story on the Morning News | A Social Justice Poem by Donal Mahoney

This just in.
In metro St. Louis last night
a woman gave birth to a boy
in the bathroom of her
second-floor apartment.
The mother wrapped
the child in a towel
and threw him
out the window.
It was death on impact.
Officials this morning
are trying to decide
whether to charge
the mother with murder.
Some believe she’s mentally ill
or was under the influence.
Others claim it was
a late-term abortion,
legal although
later than usual.
If charges are brought,
the Supreme Court
may decide the case.
Justice Kennedy
may cast the deciding vote.
In other news this morning,
Chubby Checker
turned 72.

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