The Olden Days

By Monica Ali

‘Grandma, is it true,

That in the olden days,

I mean when you were young,

That if the police arrested you

They had to say what you’d done wrong?’

‘The olden days!

Well, truth be told,

I feel I’ve lived for centuries.

And we did have some funny ways

Back then, even trial by jury.’

‘I’ve heard of that,

But I don’t understand

How twelve men and women,

Could decide just what

Was right with no legal training.’

‘Oh, we’ve learned

A lot since then,

When charges were filed on arrest.

We know, the accused haven’t earned

The knowledge that serves them best.’

‘Oh, Grandma, we’re safer now,

Don’t you think?

With no criminals running free.

Lock ’em all up, ’cos I don’t see how

That could ever happen to me.’