There was blood on the sidewalk, where a man had been killed. It was dark but was faded, from dust and from sun. And that stain was not noticed, except by the few, Who had been at the killing, and had seen the man run.
But he’d tripped and he’d fallen. They’d caught him right there, The ones who had chased him. He’d cried out in fear. And he’d cried out again, like a cat that’s in pain, But the cries had grown weaker, as his ending drew near.
How long he had lain there, and whether alive, A few perhaps wondered. But they left him to lie. And they hid him from children, whom they ushered away. For it’s bad for the young ones to see a man die.
And his slippers had left him, as he ran for his life. One lay in the gutter, and the other beside. And when he was lifted, and carried away, They lay as a witness, like the kelp to the tide.
And when I’d returned, to the spot of the slaying, The years had been many. The slippers had fled. But the stain was still present, though faded by time. I could still hear him screaming, where his blood had run red.