Louise McVicar

Rookie (22-05-1987 / Perth, Australia)

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
You're fine.
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
Optimistic Purgatory
Prosecutor and Policeman are the same as the gaoler.
Remain optimistic.
Shouldn't you be through already?
You should have booked your boarder pass long ago.
Then why didn't you?


Comments about Optimistic Purgatory by Louise McVicar

  • (12/8/2005 8:35:00 AM)


    Interesting. This is vague enough to possibly apply to different situations-from Customs, to the Afterlife. But they seem to have much in common, all the 'waiting rooms' on earth as well as, perhaps, beyond it.
    I think your 'objective', rather emotionless language is appropriate to the poem. I find a clock with no marks for minutes or hours to be fascinating.
    I personally feel the last 2 lines don't improve the piece, though.
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Poem Submitted: Thursday, December 8, 2005

Poem Edited: Tuesday, June 8, 2010


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