dear judge…

it’s just a robe, it’s not a crown
you’re not divine or wiser
the only thing
you share with kings
is need of an advisor

so slow the edicts, harsh demands
take counsel of your purpose
to oversee
as referee
this process meant to serve us

remember first the litigants
who’ve waited for their day
deserve, expect
your full respect
and treat them each that way

listen, question, think it through
your impulse and presumption
will only skew
a fair review
don’t trust in mere assumption

your thoughts, opinions, schedules
are secondary now
to law, to us
the public’s trust
and your own solemn vow

to part with petty, angry, self
put justice before all
bring truth to light
and wrong to right
though your own heavens fall

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