“Two Witnesses” — a poem


The first

One last question posed/And the shaken drawling man/Cannot answer/Head hanging/Hands cover his face

We lean forward/To hear the breaking voice/That so laden moment/We knew would come

But his sobs remain silent/The Court has ordered every witness/Not to speak of death

He cannot answer truthfully/Whatever question he thinks was asked

The Second

Strides into the courtroom/Head held high/He shakes the lawyer’s hand

Now to face the questions/His buddy fumbled

He can do better/He won’t pass blame/In his mind everything was right/A man finds the way to survive

Published in Rusty Nail Magazine, 2/27/12 http://www.rustynailmag.com/bberger.html

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About brucejberger

Bruce J. Berger has published his short fiction in a variety of print and on-line literary journals, including Prole, Jersey Devil Press Anthology, The Awakenings Review, Raphael's Village, Eastown Fiction, Black Magnolias Literary Journal, and others. He also publishes shorts stories for Amazon's Kindle. He is pursuing his MFA in Creative Writing at American University beginning in August 2015.
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