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Jack the Ripper, a poem about the face of evil

Updated on March 28, 2016
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Pagan Poetry is a specialty of mine - I have a website called TheGypsyThread with more of my work.

Whitechapel, 1888
Whitechapel, 1888


Deep in the East End

Year of our Lord, 1888

Degradation, crime, disease

Bleak days and deadly nights

Unspeakable horrors

From alleys and brothels

The reality of death ever close

History calls him Jack

The locals coined him the ripper

Hateful of the female form

Precision mutilation

Left without recognition

Five canonical victims

Fingers of the hand

His grisly act a soliloquy

Fame for infamy

Killing without care

And then, he was goneā€¦


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    Paula 23 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Well now Ralph......I can't think of a single reason why you or any of us needs to feel "obligated" to explain our innermost unique thoughts to another single damned soul. Never have, never will. Please RJ, our mind is our only private, secret & safe sanctuary anywhere.....

    Sharing your poetry is a gift to your readers....not necessarily a confession, unless that gives you comfort......Paula

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    Ralph Schwartz 23 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Thanks Paula - poetry allows me to share my most unique thoughts without feeling obliged to explain why I had them in the first place

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    Paula 23 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    RJ....another great poem. Now I have to admit that I only recently discovered you are also a POET in addition to being a Political Genius. Those are 2 extremes, Ralph. I see why as you say you're a Gemini.

    Boy, do I know Geminis....My son #2 is one.....Rough, tough Big macho, contractor, Outdoor sportsman exterior and all sweetness & mush on the inside. (He had to be escorted to a chair and medicated at the births of all 4 of his didn't hear that from me) LOL

    You put so much depth and darkness into this one...Just what Jack deserves. Peace, Paula

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    Dana Tate 24 months ago from LOS ANGELES

    Wow! Jack the ripper has always been a fascinating tale. And the rumors that surrounded his evil deeds has added more fuel to the fire. For example, one of the rumors was that Jack the ripper was a member of the royal family...chilling.

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    Linda Robinson 24 months ago from Cicero, New York

    Wow Ralph what an exceptional poem, really enjoyed it. Fantastic and as you read you can definitely envision the scenes and feel the slight chill down your spine. Awesome. :)

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    Ralph Schwartz 24 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    The question leads to yet another question my friend...but it does provide the tools for descriptive poetry....thanks for sharing some love

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    manatita44 24 months ago from london

    Now that is very vivid, succinct ...great poetry!! Has he gone, Bro. I thought he was still alive! Or just caught, perhaps? Actually, one of the Buddha's strongest messages is that all things are fleeting; ephemeral ...

    Excellent write!!