I was acquired today,
In a controversial case.
A very public spectacle,
And real life soap opera,
Where I was charged for the murder
Of my ex husband’s lover.
I was detained, chained and humiliated.
Even my friends doubted my innocence
My own parents and siblings
Privately pleaded with me to confess
Because they knew I despised my ex husband’s lover.
They reasoned that I must have gone crazy
For a split second.
After a while, I almost
Gave in just to have peace
I wanted to plead guilty and just die
Or remain in prison.
Of course there wasn’t enough evidence to nail me,
And I was acquitted.
But I tell you,
Today is the saddest day of my life,
Because in the eyes of the world I am guilty.
There are pockets of protests across
The country asking for a retrial.
You might say that I am free,
But now, I am in the biggest cage of all.
The cage of public and media trial,
The cage of intense hatred and isolation,
Where everyone is convinced that I am guilty.