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Death Pact, The Poem
by William Manchee

Sunday, August 31, 2003

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This poem is from the perspective of Erica Fox, a character in my novel, Death Pact.

Do you love me?
You say you do
But there can be no doubt
If I'm to die for you.

I must be sure, absolutely
You must be tested
Life is too precious to waste
On but a shallow infatuation.

If we cannot live together
We should not live at all.
It's cruel, but it is our fate.
This is your test

For I cannot will your death
Because I do love you
But you must prove to me
Your absolute love and devotion.

Remember that fateful day we met
You looked up and smiled at me
For a moment, I forgot how to breathe
You must have felt it too as you
Blushed, then quickly looked away.

Our love was forbidden,
Unthinkable–a felony.
Yet we were mere mortals
Without the strength or the will
To resist our tragic destiny.

Those first few months before
Our secret life was revealed
I felt only joy and happiness
A perfect life ahead
Until that fateful day.

Such a cruel and hateful woman.
The world is now a better place
But soon it will be without us too
Was it you or I, or both?

The DA doesn't know
Nor does he care as long
As he has a neck for his noose
Will you pass the test?

Cyanide–death be quick.
If you truly love me
You won't even flinch
Will you pass the test?

If you do, I will confess
But if you fail, I'll run
Leaving you to swing
By your neck.

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Reviewed by Sherry Gibson 3/11/2005
Nice to meet another Perry Mason fan! I grew up reading every novel myself and still enjoy them today. Anyway, poetry it is here and this is excellent. Love it when reading a poem I feel like I get the whole story. That is most difficult to do but you have captured the technique with such wonderful expertise in this one.

Reviewed by Regis Auffray 8/4/2004
Captivating verses, William. Thank you for sharing. Love and peace. Regis
Reviewed by Fairchild Site 8/1/2004
Excellent poem and so descriptive. Reminds me of a movie I watched yesterday called DEADLY VOWS, based on a true story. No poision in the end, just a gun shot, still unable to resolve with the lawyers, but the point is clear. Excellent poem. Katie
Reviewed by Cynth'ya 5/9/2004
Just like Romeo and Juliet. And it's still "all good" to read.

blessin's to you W.M.,
cynth'ya lewis reed
Reviewed by Bonita Quesinberry 12/11/2003
Awesome. Incredibly well-written poem: tells the whole story-- fatal attraction, perhaps? ~~Bonnie Q
Bonita M Quesinberry, R.C.
Associate Editor, Washington
Waltsan Publishing, Texas
Reviewed by Jenni Kalicharan 9/2/2003
Really touching. Missed your work. Hope all is well..
Reviewed by E T Waldron 8/31/2003
Truly an excellent piece. You crafted this one beautifully!Kudo's!
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 8/31/2003
Wonderful...and like the way you made it work as a poem. Bravo !!!
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 8/31/2003
once again writer manchee proves his versatility. good read, enjoyed this
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