Watching a Murderer on Trial

Sexuality tamped down.
Sensible hair and no makeup.
Carefully chosen words.

But in between the questioning
on the witness stand
you could see the leopard!

The sprung arched back
and sinews taut under sleekness,

her lithesome eyes scanning
the horizon missing nothing.

Tears and sobbing
and the barest contrition were mandatory.

The leopard however,
wasn’t impressed.

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