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There was no time for judicial intervention.
There was a photo that I had to get.
Gary’s words echoed in my mind,
“Whatever you do, Don’t come back without it.”
Quickly, I fled the courtroom.
Shrubbery outside the door
Afforded a hiding place—
A place to await the cat burglar.
With my camera poised, he cleared the door.
Quickly I leaped into action,
But his manacled hands were quicker than mine.
Covering his face with his hands, he ran.
I ran beside him, with my camera ready.
With luck, he might stumble and fall.
“Don’t come back without it,” Gary had said.
I couldn’t let my editor down.
Onto the waiting sheriff’s bus,
The alleged cat burglar leaped.
I was directly on his heels.
The drowsy deputy at the wheel
Was startled into wakefulness.
“What’s going on here?” he demanded.
A glance at my camera and notebook
Told him he was dealing with a reporter.
I shook my head. “I give up,” said I,
And trudged my weary way to my car.
“You will never know how hard I tried, Gary.
You will never know what I went through
In an attempt to get the requested photo.”
Gary shook his head in the negative.
“You did come back without it!”
—Carole Emma Mathewson