CHEZ JUSTICE!

Chez Justice (Photography by Joanne Edith)

Not guilty!
He skillfully set forth strategies,
Solicited sympathies,
Served up her scapegoats,
Superbly defended the indefensible.

Not guilty!
She is so appreciative;
Flashing her ebony black eyes,
Conjuring up crocodile tears,
Engendering the exigent need to protect her.

Not guilty!
The proclamation that sets her free,
Reverberates throughout the courtroom.
Chaos ensues; his skill, the subject of unending acclaim.
His legal victory, hollow.

Not guilty!
He knows the terrifying truth.
Tonight, as darkness suffocates him,
He will silently shed a tear for the suffocated child
Stifling his scream:  Guilty!

This entry is written in response to Trifecta Challenge ( http://www.trifectawritingchallenge.com ), week 53:  To use the third definition of the prompt:
HOLLOW (adjective)

1: having an indentation or inward curve : concave, sunken
2: having a cavity within <a hollow tree>
3: lacking in real value, sincerity, or substance : false,meaningless <hollow promises> <a victory over a weakling ishollow and without triumph — Ernest Beaglehole>
4: reverberating like a sound made in or by beating on a large empty enclosure : muffled

 

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