Optimistic Purgatory - Poem by Louise McVicar
Circumstancial evidence in your favour
Superficial witnesses proclaim your goodness
Waiting for the answer
Biding your time, yet watching the clock.
No need for anxious prayers you tell yourself
Smile a while, give your kids a rest
Tell them soundlessly that you will meet them on the other side.
This waiting room is quite dull.
There are no magazines - just a clock.
It's an odd clock - no minutes or hours marked
Just years being counted in decades and centuries.
When is it time to go in?
The judge must know by now
Surely his mind is made up that you are free to cross the border.
Circumstancial evidence is in your favour.
It's circumstantial but the evidence is in your favour.
Superficial witnesses believe you
They're superficial but they believe you
The judge is perceptive though
Prosecutor and Policeman are the same as the gaoler.
Shouldn't you be through already?
You should have booked your boarder pass long ago.
Then why didn't you?
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