15 Years Lost: Sean’s poem for English class

Darkness descends too young

with uncontrolled pain ripping apart

freedom lost in the confusion untold

why, why does the cold constrain?

words spoken, lies all around

still freedom lost in confusion untold

Order marinated in the form of kangaroos held most high

dignity lost, a cold mask remains

covering evil in the charade

what is this power held?

trust broken in shadows

with freedom lost in confusion untold

Untruth carries the day

constraining all that is right

lies upon lies build

losing hope the sun will rise

lost to the cold I am

the kangaroos lead

with freedom lost in confusion untold

A decade passed by, lies remain

half decade more- light crests the horizon

breaking through the cold untold

kangaroos box to defend their might

what is left in the broken lost?

hope holds onto tiny threads

with freedom lost in confusion untold

Lies unravel with dawn’s light

masks cracking and what’s exposed

oathed admissions made public-

“Because Philadelphia told me to”

revealed truth of false statements made

original intent to deceive

caused innocence lost too young

in confusion unresolved what hope remains

when will end-

will it be before darkness descends?

Sean wrote this poem about his case for his college English class in February, 2018. His intent was not to use the words: judge, lawyer, court, jury, or anything too obvious for the purpose of expanding his writing as the assignment instructed. Below are the scans of his hand written poem.

About Sean & Emelia

Sean O'Brien was wrongfully convicted in El Dorado County, California and sentenced in adult court to Life Without Parole at the age of 16 without a shred of physical evidence tying him to the crime for which he was convicted. Sean and I have been friends since grade school and we were married in 2017. We live and grow together in love with the knowledge of his innocence, our faith, and hope for our future. We embrace this journey, wherever it may take us, cherishing each moment we have together and staying true to our hearts. This blog is about the past we share, our life together and our fight for jusice. Thank you for reading. God bless.
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