Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, LAWYER, by CARL SANDBURG



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First Line: When the jury files in to deliver a verdict after weeks of direct
Last Line: Of many preposterous, unjust circumstances.
Subject(s): Law & Lawyers


WHEN the jury files in to deliver a verdict after weeks of direct and
cross examinations, hot clashes of lawyers and cool decisions of the
judge,
There are points of high silence -- twiddling of thumbs is at an
end -- bailiffs near cuspidors take fresh chews of tobacco
and wait -- and
the clock has a chance for its ticking to be heard.
A lawyer for the defense clears his throat and holds himself ready if
the word is "Guilty" to enter motion for a new trial, speaking in a
soft voice, speaking in a voice slightly colored with bitter wrongs
mingled with monumental patience, speaking with mythic Atlas shoulders
of many preposterous, unjust circumstances.






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