Mock Trial

He sits and waits until the bailiff
says ‘All Rise’ and then, unrisen,
he exposes his inability. This,
his frozen status, is new,
not only to all the others
but also to himself. Everyone
rises. Everything in the room
shines. He does neither;
offers only a mute and
immobile testimony to
the passage of time,
the certain inevitability
that all things,
regardless of volition
or momentum, must finally
reach their end.

Everyone else, seeing him,
either frowns or scowls
as they rise, but he—
the only seated being
in the universe—smiles.

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