On the Scene

On the Scene

A Poem by K.C. Zbryk

So they wandered in to the scene

Of the crime


Always the last to arrive

And normally left with the worst of the work

They were the cleanup crew


Sometimes they felt as if

They should just burn the places down

But that’s not what they got paid for

They got paid to make it look like

Nothing ever happened


The evidence is harvested

And cataloged just before their arrival

Pictures are taken

Smears and spatters measured

Motives and meanings are debated

Long before they take up their task


Some people never consider the work behind cleaning

To scrub away the residues of something you can’t understand

Something you may not want to imagine

But they take this task in stride

Scrub the walls clean and move on

To the next tainted surface


I wonder how often they clean

But don’t really want the answer…


0630 am

© 2013 K.C. Zbryk

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I enjoyed reading this. It flows effortlessly and I couldn't see any mistake whatsoever.
Great stuff and it's probably a realistic look at what really goes on behind a murder investigation

Posted 5 Years Ago

makes me wonder what kind of a person chooses this for their profession. i don't know which is more gruesome: aftermath cleaner or taxidermist. goes to show we take for granted the people who 'make it look like nothing ever happened.' they've got to really be inured to tolerate what they do. what made you think of this, it's such a bizarre topic.

Posted 6 Years Ago

K.C. Zbryk

6 Years Ago

So ive been moving out of my apartment of two years and one of the things i had to do was wash the w.. read more
i LOVE this. it reads like an honest appraisal of a film scene with a curious director. fantastic stuff!

Posted 6 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

K.C. Zbryk

6 Years Ago

I'm glad that you enjoyed the piece! Thanks for reviewing!

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Added on June 1, 2013
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