a twist

 
judged by ones who know only reticence
no witnesses to call
gagged before a jury of peers
no echo down the hall
 
once were bonds deeper than dreams
now so much a shell
standing behind the grandiloquent wall
still no story to tell
 
to live amongst the chosen ones
outside looking in
or become the object of alienation
forgiveness will never win
 
walk away you altruist
the wind hollow does blow
unravel the noose’s unguarded touch
the sun in sinking low
 
sleep in the field absolved from hate
wallow in the grass
time to reset a shattered life with a twist
of an hour glass