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All rise

 People rose in quick succession
As the bailiff said  "All rise , this court is now in session"
The judge walked into the courtroom
And the trial would begin soon
My client stared straight ahead
On trial for killing the husband she had recently wed
He  used  to  beat her after his drinking bouts
It was either him or her,  no doubt

But it was a clear case of self defense
As I listened to the prosecutors opening  statement
Then the  first witness was called
An elderly woman who lived two houses away
She said she heard a loud argument on the night in question
Followed by two shots in quick succession

But she forgot to mention
That fireworks were going off on the night in question
As more witnesses were called
I cross examined them all
There was no denying that some of them were lying

The trial lasted  for  seven days
And there were many reasonable doubts raised
Finally it was given to the jury to deliberate
In their hands was my client's fate
On the fourth day a verdict was reached
My client stood up with tears in her eyes
As the judge said "Will the defendant please rise"

It was so quiet you could hear a pin drop
But my client's tears did not stop
The verdict was read rather quickly
"We the jurors find the defendant ....  not guilty"!!
My clients fears turned to joy
As she hugged and thanked me

I had set  the fair maiden free
From the dragon raging out of control
I was the hero, the dragon slayer of old

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  1. Date: 5/18/2013 8:48:00 PM
    Congratulations on your well deserved winning poem.. Hail Yeah! to all the dragon slayer winners :-) :-) :-) *LINDA

  1. Date: 5/18/2013 10:19:00 AM
    Congrats on your excellent quill and your smashing win. AO

  1. Date: 5/17/2013 1:58:00 PM
    Congrats on your win and your save. BG

  1. Date: 5/17/2013 8:56:00 AM
    I don't think Perry Mason, or Matlock could do it better!! Congratulations to you Joseph!!

  1. Date: 5/17/2013 2:27:00 AM
    Excellent. Congrats on your win. Rick

  1. Date: 5/16/2013 8:58:00 PM
    Thank you for entering my contest

    May Avatar Joseph May
    Date: 5/17/2013 7:25:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you for my first place win in your contest Judy...
  1. Date: 4/26/2013 3:46:00 PM
    A perfect entry for the contest... Very well written.

  1. Date: 4/21/2013 1:21:00 PM
    Joseph, Love the variety and realism woven through this entertaining piece. I am always looking for the punch given in the last lines of a poem. You delivered this well.

    May Avatar Joseph May
    Date: 4/21/2013 2:13:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thank you Karen
  1. Date: 4/21/2013 7:11:00 AM
    Ahhh!! If for the contest, reads like winning material to me..Enjoyed reading this morn..Thanks for your visit..Sara

    May Avatar Joseph May
    Date: 4/21/2013 2:13:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thank you Sara
  1. Date: 4/18/2013 11:07:00 AM
    .... the truth will always come up - a clever poem Joseph! - Well written! - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

    May Avatar Joseph May
    Date: 4/18/2013 11:38:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thank you Anne