Off The Hook

by Albert Semple, 19 May 2022

  1. Speeding down Commercial Street
  2.  on Thursday in the rain.
  3. I didn't see the camera
  4.  that monitored my lane.
  5. I triggered it to double flash -
  6.  was going far too fast.
  7. I had been in a hurry,
  8.  and was feeling quite harassed.

  9. I thought no more about it
  10.  'til a letter made me pause:
  11. The police sent me a form
  12.  enquiring who the driver was,
  13. Declared intent to prosecute
  14.  for my excessive speed
  15. For fifty in a thirty limit -
  16.  asking how I'd plead.

  17. They think they've got me bang to rights,
  18.  but justice will prevail
  19. 'Cos I've devised a plan
  20.  I think will keep me out of jail:
  21. Returning to the locus
  22.  where the camera's set out;
  23. Reversing past at fifty
  24.  so my tickets cancel out.

by Albert Semple
24 lines over 3 stanzas.