I am accused number four
Do you remember me?
I was that quiet guy at school
the one whose opinion you said didn’t count,
you got full marks and four years later I got arrested.
See, the newspapers do not differentiate between innocence and guilt
nor wait for evidence to be tested
so spit out your scorn for me because I am
cuffed and chained.
I close my eyes and I
pretend I am somewhere else
four guardian Angels
come in the night
and take me away from here
Inger Iceheart is a Cape Town based attorney who practices criminal law and occasionally writes and paints