Deterrents On Crime

A tiger is capable of attacking.
You do not doubt about its intention.
If you encounter, you are sure finished.
That certainty stands as a deterrent.

The stringent law is not a deterrent.
Certainty of punishment only is.
Presumptive fear acts as a deterrent.
Law must not look like a barking dog.

by Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.

Comments (2)

A long poem, like this, gives the readers more knowledge and understanding on this popular and passionate poet. I read him as a young student in elementary school and marveled at his lines, Thanks for this entry.
'abysm'? Oh, abyss! :)