Judgement Delayed

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub: “Opening To The Muse”- Quadrille #16
(posted by Victoria)
OPEN has been playing in my mind and so I’m choosing it for this week’s Quadrille.
So, my poet friends, let us open our notebooks, computers and creative spirits to bring forth a Quadrille of exactly 44 words—no more, no less—to share here at dVerse.

I’m open to suggestions,
says forewoman, palms
up. Jurors are locked
in dead heat. Repeat
that last piece of testimony,
please. Members convinced
of guilt, groan. Undecideds
roll their eyes. Debates
begin anew. Few yawns.
Third day dawns. Hostility
takes its toll. No verdict.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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17 Responses to Judgement Delayed

  1. whimsygizmo says:

    Ooooooo. Drama. I like this!

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  2. othermary says:

    Really sharp wordplay here!

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  3. MarinaSofia says:

    Sounds like they are not that open after all, everyone has their mind already made up and aren’t budging! Sharply observed.

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  4. This sounds like the prequel to 12 angry men almost… maybe there is one brave man to make them listen and open up.

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  5. Ooooh this one is sharp! Love it! ❤

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  6. kanzensakura says:

    Sounds like one has had a recent bout with jury duty! I do like the tension and drama in this poem. Excellent.

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  7. Great twist on the prompt. It must be so frustrating to be part of a hung jury–and for everyone else involved. I’ve never even been summoned for jury duty.

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  8. Mish says:

    I’ve done jury duty so the setting brought back memories for sure. I like the faces you’ve painted here…with rolling eyes, frustration….even boredom. Cool take on the prompt.

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  9. Justice delayed is justice denied. Serious drama and you captured it most realistically!


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  10. Gridlock
    of human nature
    as science shows
    half are leaning now
    conservative and closed
    minded mostly.. and now the other
    half goes liberal and more progressively
    open minded.. split
    jury of everything..
    most often..
    as being human…
    Order in the court
    vs free
    aLL.. both
    sides have thEir
    merits.. even stuck
    in gears of going no wHere much..
    sTanding more
    STiLL in
    aLL of both sides..:)


  11. Truedessa says:

    Sounds like jury duty where the jury is undecided.

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  12. A great tale. And I love “few yawns/third day dawns.”

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  13. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    My only experience of jury duty, it was similarly undecided – but we did eventually arrive at guilty.

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