Sine Qua Non (Poetry Challenge)
An essential element or condition.
It is essential that the police act on time
when burglars indulge in criminal stints
leaving behind, on the scene of the crime,
forensic traces like clear fingerprints.
It is also critical – and not only essential –
that their databases are kept up to date
in order to make use of the full potential
so that crime detection can be first-rate.
It is a prerequisite that Scotland Yard
pursue the villains with dynamic vigour,
that the officers involved must try hard
to punish the culprits with utmost rigour.
Gone is the time of Sherlock and Watson
when gut instinct and Holmes’ acumen
plus a woodentop’s traditional truncheon
were the only tools available then.
Now with profilers and fast computers
the forces can gather strong evidence
to provide a case for the prosecutors
so they can get a satisfactory sentence.
As can be observed everything hinges
on the application of perfect precision
and to make sure that nothing impinges
on the outcome of a proper decision.
© Luigi Pagano 2017