inquiry of a tribunal

 

skullcaps have we on our caps

for the due deliberations?

 

Dominus Christi seclorum

etc. amen

be seated please

here are the tomes in question

crack them lightly

a bothersome muddle this

OK

who’s in charge of dusting?

fine

 

first witness deposes as follows

in a glade or lea

I chanced to see what I ought not to have this

sight or thing revolved in my mind

days or weeks

until I forbade myself food or drink nine days

pondering itself

and resolved from then on to cleanse my bosom of the mishap

thankfully the sheriff masticated data with some ease

and we were not long coming into town with the facts

 

second witness likewise goes on to say how

marshaled were the lab boys and the

criminologists

 

we have to say how fortunate is the feeling that overcomes us

considering the depredations in town seeing

we have the lab and a constabulary at all

God be praise in His mercy to us

amen

 

third witness swears to tell the whole truth

etc. as regards the character and faith of

two witnesses preceding

this was noted

 

fourth witness a prominent citizen attests

the same as third and vouches for third

 

beyond this we have no authority

nor there is needed none

 

lab reports are in that bundle there

undo the ribbon kindly so

 

three scientists pre-eminent in their field

give significantly evidence of no misgivings

as regards their handling of these matters

we have their university diplomas and say no more about that

one dictates to his secretary a letter outlining

the general facts of the case as he sees them

another takes them point by point and decides

to forgo any footnotes

leaving these to the last

 

thus you have a comprehensive document

 

the accused identifies the victim says no idea

could have taken place within the accused’s mind

that would have taken more than a few seconds to engender

the horrible misdeed and therefore

released on own recognizance

 

the victim scattered belongings everywhere

in the path and they were collected

as far as possible under the supervision

of the museum director

 

one will turn away from Heaven for an instant

and so be lost

 

thanks be to God who in His wisdom foreordained

this mission to the vaults of the past
that we would wake the sleeping and raise the dead