Monday, September 26, 2011

The Low Tide Line

Cranston, Rhode Island (ABC News),  April 2011:  A small town in Rhode Island is bracing for the release of a high-profile child killer this summer who is leaving prison after serving 28 years of a 40-year sentence for the grisly murder of a neighbor's 5-year-old child.
As part of the plea deal Woodmansee was sentenced to 40 years. Now, after 28 years of good behavior, he is leaving prison 12 years early.
"At and just below the low-tide line are the hungry predators ... " Rachel Carson, Sue Hubbell - The Edge of the Sea

The nature of evil is a pattern
repeated throughout the millennia,
an incessant tide
of corruption,
flotsam and jetsam,
and incomprehensible behavior
and falling,
as unfettered impulses
rebound between
established lines in the sand,
and reflecting what lies within:
hungry predators,
lurking in the depths
at or below the low-tide line....
Opportunistic, waiting and watching predator,
you planned,
then struck.
You devoured innocence,
an innocent,
literally and figuratively
By you.
And now Justice
rewards you.
"Your behavior has been good,"
she says.
A father weeps.

CRANSTON, R.I. (CBS/AP), September 9, 2011:  A Rhode Island man convicted of killing a young boy in 1975 has been released from prison and sent to a state mental health facility after serving 28 years of a 40-year sentence.

© Candice W. Coghill, September, 2011

Original art with the kind permission of Artist Rod McIver:


  1. Oh, my. This reaches right out and grabs me. You know I am with you on this one if you've read my Shark. I feel like I've just read it through the looking glass.

  2. Yes ! I did read your Shark and it invokes much the same feeling ! Thanks for sharing that, Patti.