Accidental Poet

The Man Behind the Trigger


A shot rang out

November 22, 1963

The shock wave around the world

A day burned into memory


The man behind the trigger

You know who you are

The life you took

Your heart’s guilty scar


Your day will come

If you’re still of this Earth

And if not then

God knows your worth


What you stole from

This man, husband and father

His wife, children and family

A nation mourning another


Fifty-nine years of secrecy

Somebody knows the truth

Eventually we’ll all know

From a dedicated sleuth


The good that could have come

Had it not been for your bullet

The dreams that were lost

Swallowed by your gullet


I can still remember

The unmistakable sound of those drums

The horses pulling his casket

The look of horror on everyone


As you meet your maker

I’ll spare no sympathy on you

You made your choice

Dwell now with chosen due


Copyright © Accidental Poet 2022

  • Author: Accidental Poet (Pseudonym) (Offline Offline)
  • Published: November 22nd, 2022 08:12
  • Comment from author about the poem: God knows who you are.
  • Category: Sad
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  • Neville

    I enjoyed my visit here today on what is essentially the anniversary of JFK's assassination .. and for so many reasons but including each of the numbered following points (not in any order other than how they spring to mind)
    1) Each of your eight verses are stacked one on top of the other perfectly from the shifting flow they convey and pleasing aesthetics ..

    2) The timing as already indicated couldn't be more apt and provides a meaningful testimony to certain facts that should never have happened ..

    3) They say that one is never likely to forget what they were doing at the very moment they first heard of JFK's assassination .. or for that matter the more recent killing of JWL some forty years ago ..
    I certainly remember them both very clearly and what I was doing at the time .. Should anyone be at all interested, I would be happy to respond to any PM's that may come my way ..

    4) I have stood on the exact x's marked in the road on Dealey Plazza that show where bullets fired at JFK by someone hit .. I have also visited the Book Repository and stood behind the Grassy Knoll .. My wife and I both remarked on the peculiar atmosphere in and around those areas .. I felt similarly when I visited Auschwitz ..

    5) Whilst I am no conspiracy theorist, I firmly believe there is far more to this whole tragic affair than is presently known ..

    6) I hate to think LHO was scapegoated just as I hate the very idea of scapegoating in general ..

    7) Your authors note AP more than adequately sums the whole thing up ..

    8) and who don't like a bloomin good mystery ..

    Nice one my friend .......... Neville 🙂

    • Accidental Poet

      Well N, you certainly left no stone unturned here. I'm honored that my entry here has impacted you with your thoughts of that horrific day. Thank you for your thoughts and visit my friend.

    • orchidee

      A fine write AP.

    • Goldfinch60

      Such great words AP about an occasion which few will forget.
      It certainly sounds like a conspiracy to me.


      • Accidental Poet

        Yes Andy, a conspiracy that they're not denying, just not commenting on. Thanks for reading and your complement.

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