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


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.