The mysterious case of the hole in the trousers


It began when a man discovered a hole in his trousers.


A bullet, a burn, an assault? The police were baffled;

They had no answers, only theories.

A suspect was arrested, then released.

Discontent rumbled in the town.

The victim made a tearful public appeal.

Vigilante groups were mobilised.

Journalists probed, going door to door;

An on-line team led a large-scale exposé,

With dark mutterings of ‘high-up involvement’.

In the end a culprit was found, confessed, was jailed.

Out early on parole, he writes a best-selling book;

‘Redemption of the soul’ is the working title.

He then settles back to a suspiciously lavish

Private-island lifestyle in the Caribbean.

Soon, there is talk of a cover-up, a new trial,

But evidence goes missing and witnesses are scared.

Meanwhile the trousers languish, unrepaired.

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Stephen Gospage

Sat 23rd Jan 2021 16:03

Many thanks to John for seeing through all my waffle and to Julie for the like.

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John Coopey

Thu 21st Jan 2021 21:44

Rest easy, y'all. It was just the pocket.

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Stephen Gospage

Thu 21st Jan 2021 16:32

Yes Ray, I think farcical sums it up. Perhaps it owes a little to the likes of Spike Milligan. Or to a minister who mobilises the Met police to race around London looking for his son's socks. This was one of those instances when the idea seemed amusing and I tried to fill in all the absurd (over-!) activity associated with the event.

Aviva - yes, reading it again there could be a metaphor for a number of things. I'll take the hole in the ozone layer if I get a like from David Attenborough.

Thanks to both of you for the comments and to Stephen, Holden and Brian for the likes.

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Aviva Rifka Bhandari

Tue 19th Jan 2021 22:14

I didn't know how to understand this at first, is there a specific parallel being drawn here or not?

But reading it again it has an uncanny parallel with the hole in the ozone layer.... hmmmm

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Tue 19th Jan 2021 22:08

The farcical nature of this appeals to me Stephen. Well done for straying into familiar territory but with an alternative theme interwoven, namely the hole. Reminds me a bit of those films where someone insignificant is chased by police, swat men and helicopters. Excellent!


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