a woman who’d been imprisoned for
17 years for arson and murder: burning
her house with her child trapped inside
was freed when new arson science proved
she couldn’t have done it she was pregnant
when jailed the baby was given to the
grandmother – under the circumstances
her son was raised poorly, suffers now
the grandmother lost her wits the exonoree
talked to a university class, then over lunch
hour to others someone during the question
period asked why do you do this – recount
your wrenching story over and over reliving
its horror every time? the woman replied I
don’t want those 17 years to have been in vain

2019 Jacqueline Jackson

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