by sean m. poole

They waited not a moment longer than was necessary

But moved right in and

 Began their loathsome chore.


 All who bore the sad sight witness

 Felt the sorrow stab their hearts.


 Their tears were copious and bitter

 Yet eased not their anguish and despair.


 Their souls, collective, cried out as one:

 "We will have a scapegoat!  We will find

 That one among us with the most to lose

 And the least to gain!"


 Complicity need not be a factor.


 Judgment is based upon selection by the mob

 Which has no obligation to establish innocence or guilt

 Being a capricious beast with blind emotion as its only eye.