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What Am I

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What Am I

I'm squirming in my chair of oak
with narrow arms, and folks lined up
in two long rows of growing thirst
and hunger for a breath of air

Like sardines in a can of worms
we are strange, unlikely shipmates torn
between one salesman's  limped  plea --
the other shark who disagrees

Gray flannel suit, the stiff white shirt
with slicked down hair,  accusing words
persuading few with his hot air
The black suit spews his declaration 
a quite contrary explanation

Until my mind is torn in two
and in a room we must decide
Confined inside, a dozen votes
where six say yay, six more say nope

We're hanging by a thread  for days
and rumor spreads, with dreadful words

He has finally coped with deadlocked folks
But sternly looks a bit provoked
We sit there like a row of stones
of wounded souls.  We are excused!

We grope for keys, and leave our thrones
And as I'm walking out the door
No longer needed any more
I see the face of one accused

Then count the blessings in my life
and take a breath of freedom's air
So glad to know some welcome arms 
are waiting there, at home




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  1. Date: 3/16/2014 5:54:00 AM
    Congratulations on the fine win. Wonderfully penned poem on Who Am I , carrie

  1. Date: 3/15/2014 9:36:00 PM
    in court Carrie congrats on win hugs

  1. Date: 5/18/2013 8:49:00 PM
    CARRIE, Congratulations on your well deserved winning poem.. Hail Yeah! to all the dragon slayer winners :-) :-) :-) *LINDA

  1. Date: 5/17/2013 1:59:00 PM
    Congrats once again.. BG

  1. Date: 5/17/2013 10:03:00 AM
    great write ...congrats on your win

  1. Date: 5/17/2013 2:29:00 AM
    Awesome Carrie. Congrats on your win. Rick

  1. Date: 5/16/2013 8:59:00 PM
    Thank you for entering my contest

  1. Date: 5/16/2013 12:35:00 PM
    THIS POEM WAS BRILLIANT AND AT THE SAME TIME EDUCATIONAL FOR ME. WE DON'T HAVE A COMPULSORY JURY SYSTEM IN OUR COUNTRY.. S/AFRICA, SO IT GAVE ME A GLIMPSE INTO THE REALITY OF THE WHOLE SCENARIO.

  1. Date: 5/13/2013 4:49:00 PM
    Carrie, wonderful write for the contest, you are an amazing writer, best of luck but I am this is a winner and thanks for visiting my poems, constance

  1. Date: 5/11/2013 8:56:00 PM
    WOW!That's a really cool write Carrie. I truly loved how you penned this. A Talented write indeed. Love the last stanza : ) Bless you for stopping by Beccas blog to wish me a Happy Birthday it meant so much to me. Have a blessed Happy mothers day

  1. Date: 5/11/2013 6:19:00 PM
    you've captured jury duty perfectly! i very much enjoyed your poem...