Murder Mystery by David Wagoner

Murder Mystery by David Wagoner

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A poem written by David Wagoner that sort of relates to the famous Story "Tell-Tale Heart" by Edger Allen Poe

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  • After the Murder, like parades of Fools, The bungling supernumeraries come, sniffing at footprints, looking under rugs, Prodding the dead man with prehensile tools.
  • Lens against nose, False beard down to his knees, The Hawkshaw enters, hoists his bag of tricks, and passes out suspicion like lemonade: "Where were you when the victim-" "In my room."
  • "Didn't you ask him whether-" "Double Locks" "Who switched the glasses on the-" "Crippled Legs." "Why were the ballroom curtains-" "Mad for Years." Then, tripping on clues, they wander through the house, Ransack the kitchen and the sherry bins, And dance in the bushes with the cats and dogs.
  • "Where is he?" says the Captain. "Nobody cares." 'We did it!" scream the Butler an the Maid. "I did it too!" the jolly doctor cries. And all join in- detective, counterfoil, Inġuenue, hero, and the family ghosts-
  • And, flapping like tongues,the trapdoors babble guilt, The window-boxes, closets understairs, Whatnots and chandeliers, grandfather clocks, The sealed-up attic with its litter of bones.
  • In a crime whether you confess or not the guilt in you will haunt you.
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