92 – Punishment Park Prison

Poem number 92
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Punishment Park Prison
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The criminals came in two by two, huzzah! Huzzah!
The robbers and rapists and burglars too, huzzah! Huzzah!
The murderous killers, assassins and thugs
The fences and fraudsters, the men who sold drugs
And they all came into the Park
They never saw freedom again.
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The Warden told them “There’s no escape,” huzzah! Huzzah!
“We’ll teach you not to kill and rape,” huzzah! Huzzah!
“We’ll black your eyes and break your thumbs
Put pens up your nostrils and sticks up your bums
And you’ll all stay here in the Park
And never see freedom again.”
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Outside of the walls the world was saved, huzzah! Huzzah!
The criminals gone as the public craved, huzzah! Huzzah!
But inside the prison the Warden was dead
They’d burgled his office and cut off his head
And the Kingpins ruled their own realm
And didn’t want freedom again.
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The government sent in the National Guard, huzzah! Huzzah!
The fighting was tough and the fighting was hard, huzzah! Huzzah!
The criminals lost, they were slain to a man
Their bodies removed in an old transit van
And some cleaners scrubbed out the Park
Ready for using again.
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The criminals came in two by two, huzzah! Huzzah!
The poets and beatniks and thinkers too, huzzah! Huzzah!
When crime is defeated it leaves a big void
The public need scapegoats when they get annoyed
So they’ll always fill up the Park
To save their own freedom again.

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