Free Verse Poetry

How much is the cost?

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How much is the cost 
of one, young life 
unbridled, yes, but so 
much hope was there
50¢ for the juice 
that you thought she 
would steal and 
500 bucks to 
satisfy the 
broken hearts of 
the parents she 
left behind with 
one pull of 
your trigger

Orange liquid melting 
into the blood flow 
of her life, escaping
She lay there forever 
motionless, while you 
continued on
Her words stilted, 
powerless, and you 
were granted a mercy she 
was not afforded by you

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