dVerse — quadrille — quiver — Veil of Justice

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Veil of Justice

He, before the court;
I, watching in back row;
Armed assemblage all.
He looked small against
Polished oak bench
Gavel echoes, justice
commence, proclaimed
by ordained tin god.
Away he shuffled
without a sentence.
I said I wanted justice
But my quivering lip lied.

De (aka Whimsygizmo) is today’s host of dVerse.  De says:
This week, I’d like you to quench our thirst for poems by playing with the word quiver.

artwork:  “Unimaginable Justice” by Shawn Ashman

34 Comments Add yours

  1. This is incredibly powerful, and the scene is remarkable though terribly conflicting. Well done.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Phillip, thank you.

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  2. The veil of justice… my distrust with courts have just increased the more I learn about them… but then it seems like we all are judges these days.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      For sure, Bjorn.

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  3. whimsygizmo says:

    This is such an intriguing scene, Jadeli. As with all good storytelling, it makes me want to know more.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, De.

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  4. Ali Grimshaw says:

    You pulled me in to this scene with so few words. It makes me wonder about the backstory to that quivering lip.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Ali, thank you. It’s a long one.

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  5. kim881 says:

    I agree with De and Ali, your quadrille has made me curious about the story behind the scene, Jade. Is it taken from real life?

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  6. This had an air that there is so much more to the story than what we read in 44 words. Well done Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Linda.

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  7. Glenn A. Buttkus says:

    Kudos for getting us all to beg for the back story. You have established a lot in terms of the world of the poem, despite the brevity.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks so much, Glenn. I’ve been writing the back story for months now.

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  8. memadtwo says:

    There is the law and there is justice. Occasionally they intersect. (K)

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  9. Susan Shuman says:

    Oooh! Good one, Lisa. That last line did it for me!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Susan. It surprised me also.

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  10. Frank Hubeny says:

    Nice last two lines: “I said I wanted justice
    But my quivering lip lied.”

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Frank.

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  11. Grace says:

    I like that twist in the ending line. Lovely progression of the story!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Grace 🙂

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  12. Truedessa says:

    I think I am a bit disillusioned with the courts. I do enjoy a story poem – well done.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Truedessa, glad you enjoyed it.

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  13. Justice isn’t synonymous with revenge, which is what comes over strongly to me. Good one.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      It was never about revenge or retribution, or justice even. Some things can never be made whole again. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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  14. Sadje says:

    Profound and succinct!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much.

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome 😉

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  15. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar says:

    Leaves us asking why…

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  16. calmkate says:

    graphic storytelling, you took me there

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Kate.

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      1. calmkate says:

        my pleasure, this is great Lisa 🙂

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