Dear Mr. Magistrate


Dear Mr. Magistrate, who ran the slowest court
I beat your park ranger
With the angry flashlight
And the squeaky voice.
You know she never tuned her radar
Having no documentation
That the thing worked at all.

Dear Mr. Magistrate, who knew who I was,
You asked a great question
About my inside information
And offered great wisdom
So that we could all save face
Despite your comment
Acknowledging the lapse of Miss Chippy.

Dear Mr. Magistrate, who gave me a deal
Of a simple fine
And no points
If I’d just shut up and leave
With the good sense to know
His offer was more about my father
Than my lawyering skills.

Thank you, sirs.


Photo Credit: By AlbertHerring (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

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