Tuesday, January 12, 2016


Law school taught me the proper form
To address a bench of judges
"If it please the Court," you begin
(They must hear in your voice
That the C is capitalized and, if possible,
That it is in boldface as well),
"My name is  -- whatever it is --
And I represent -- whoever is paying me."
I have recited this often, hoping
Some judge at last would cry out
"It pleases me not at all! Be John Pashlik
Never again! Represent not the plaintiff
Or the defendant but the aggrieved heart
Which mocks from beneath my robe."

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