anyreason-rb(JJ)

any reason by Ruthann Robson

yacketayakking screaming vomiting whispering facts

and memories and anecdotes and eyeball kicks

and shocks of hospitals and jails and wars

-HOWL

Allen Ginsburg

“Does anyone have any reason that they cannot be fair and impartial?”

What a blunt instrument. Not to mention an ungrammatical one. The lawyer seems confident; as if he thinks he is a great poet capable of seducing the truth. But really, who would answer a question like that?

Yet hands are being raised around me, as if we are students in seventh grade instead of qualified citizens in a county courtroom. The fluttering fingers woman says she has a relative in the hospital and so she would be distracted. The Heil-Hitler man tells us he has three kids in middle school and he loves them more than anything and as a divorced father he worries about them all the time. The waver, who’d already said she’d been a principal thirty years ago, wants to emphasize that she has certain strong opinions.