Saturday, February 9, 2013

JUDGE NOT













In open court, the rancor
Rose like a plume
Bathing all present
With the vitriolic terms
Being tossed liked poisoned darts
Between the plaintiffs

More than once, the judge's gavel
Slammed as his face turned coral
And he demanded order
Called for some civility
Mopped his brow dry
Before scrunching his hankie
Into a ball, shaking his head

Thankfully, incidents as bad as this
Were rare, he thought
Trying to follow the thread
Of the arguments
Wishing he could duck
Below the lectern
to where his open bottle
Of single malt scotch lay
Wondered vaguely how much
Of his term on the bench
Was left ...

14 comments:

  1. Boy - did you capture the bored/angst! Terrific :)

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  2. Great story poem with a believable character.

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  3. Sounds like a 'half empty' guy...

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  4. They are paid a lot but at times they truly deserve it. Somebody should give him a straw.
    A colorful picture painted here.

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  5. Quite excellent! You just have to love the judicial process, eh? :)

    ~ Misky
    Grubs, Bugs and a Woodpecker

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  6. Let's hope not long... Strong description of character.

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  7. Great character portrait, the emotions are real and identifiable. Theirs is not an easy or harmless occupation,

    Elizabeth
    http://soulsmusic.wordpress.com/2013/02/10/wordle-95/

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  8. That's some awesome stuff. Very strong emotions portrayed well! :) I especially like the balling of the handkerchief.

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  9. Ah, the irresistible draw of the bottle...

    I once had to deal with an alcoholic judge during a child custody hearing, and it wasn't pretty!

    Another Whirl with Yeats

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  10. yes, never a job I would aspire to. well done.

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  11. Excellent character sketch, Sharon. Just really well done.

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  12. Excellent story telling, Sharon.

    Pamela

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