I sat, eyes closed sighing wearily,
running an index finger down my brow,
Wishing the whole boring meeting over
Wishing I was anywhere else right now.
As the low hum of voices grew fainter
and my senses seemed suddenly to sway
I shook my head side to side to clear it
as a man’s voice boomed out to say
“Accused, do you have any last words
before your sentence is duly declared?”
causing my shocked eyes to fly wide open
staring at a Court Judge, nostrils flared.
On his bewigged head sat a black square,
eyeing me his intent seemed very clear
he was announcing my death sentence
I was guilty of a serious crime I fear.
In the dock I stood, legs trembling,
whilst staring about and feeling quite ill
thinking surely I must have time travelled
for the response of my death seemed to thrill.
The full court was readying for the next case
ignoring me as I stood totally struck dumb
by seeing the Judge, his hand to his mouth
begin to suck noisily on his left thumb.
Suddenly, a *cough * right behind me
and quickly I swung my head about
as there ‘he’ stood as large as life itself
Fyrespike choking on his red pipe spout.
I felt thankful tears suddenly gather,
mixed with sheer relief I hasten to say
and then Fyrespike said the words to me
I’ll always recall ‘til my last living day.
“Be ever careful what you wish for,
Lady Pen, please take heed of me
there are more things in this life
that are dangerous, you see?”
As I nodded he continued
waving his pipe here and there
“Just accept your lot in this life
be thankful your world is so fair.
In the past every life was held cheaply
their terrible lives were so full of woe.
Now, if you’ve finally learned your lesson
I think it’s well past time for us to go”
There was a flash and a second of silence
then suddenly voices were murmuring around
I was back in my financial company meeting
headache gone, I was here, safe and sound.
LadyP © 2011