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Hail to my Brother, the Dragon Slayer By Day

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Hail to my Brother, the Dragon Slayer By Day

No one can imagine the horrors you've seen
The terrible events that must appear in your dreams
You can rarely share the evil you've seen
It must encroach your soul, your entire being

Defending a tourtured evil soul
Takes courage, knowledge, devotion, a goal
Trying to fight for a murderer's life 
Because your love of the law, gives you your might

It's strengthened you, toughened you, wore down your heart
Putting others before you, you'll go down with a fight
Never judging the crime, the person, the soul
Fair treatment to all is your only goal.

Following statutes,motions and cases before
Devoting your all, deserving much more
It takes courage, thick skin, and love of mankind
To sit across many of the evilest minds

Doing the best job defending their crimes 
Takes a person that understands what's inside their mind
Putting yourself in a mind such as theirs
Must have its consequences over the years

Yet you plug on defending these people for years
No one allowed to see your real tears
Your compassion for victims, children's lost lives
Must be buried inside, fighting for the other's lives

Your rarely given praise by society it seems
Even though what you do must affect all your dreams
I'm proud to say that my brother will fight
Even for those that don't respect life. 

It takes a special person that chooses this life that you live
For the freedom of unjustly accused all your time you will give
Even if you save a few that weren't bad
The emotional toll on your life makes me quite sad. 

For in the end whether or not you have won
Your caseload continues it does not sound fun. 
It takes character,finesse intelligence too
To continue defending is what you must do.



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  1. Date: 5/18/2013 8:42:00 PM
    a nice winning poem Jennifer... congrats... Linda

  1. Date: 5/18/2013 10:16:00 AM
    This is a brilliant write. Congrats on your deserving win in the contest. AO

  1. Date: 5/18/2013 9:01:00 AM
    Your brother is a very special person indeed as you have stated so well here Jennifer... Congratulations and I love your middle name! - Tim

    Oliver Avatar Jennifer Marie Oliver
    Date: 5/18/2013 9:24:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Tim, he is quite unique. And I like my middle name too. More than my common first name which at the time I was born was not common, then took over like wildfire.
  1. Date: 5/17/2013 2:01:00 PM
    How proud you must be..congrats on your tribute to him ./BG

    Oliver Avatar Jennifer Marie Oliver
    Date: 5/18/2013 9:25:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I am, he is very complex person. But loves his job. I just want him to become a judge for I know it's his goal.
  1. Date: 5/17/2013 2:34:00 AM
    Well done. Congrats on your win. Rick

    Oliver Avatar Jennifer Marie Oliver
    Date: 5/18/2013 9:26:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Rick, j.
  1. Date: 5/16/2013 9:00:00 PM
    Thank you for entering my contest

    Oliver Avatar Jennifer Marie Oliver
    Date: 5/16/2013 10:49:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you for placing me. J
  1. Date: 5/14/2013 10:53:00 AM
    I don't know whether you meant he'd served 25 or 40 years, but either way it equals two lifetimes, because it can't be easy by a long shot. I hope you plan on showing your poem to him. From my perspective it's very insightful. I think you might enjoy my "Poetic Justice 1 & 2" for a light moment. Wishing you a pain-free day, Jennifer. Licia :-)

    Oliver Avatar Jennifer Marie Oliver
    Date: 5/14/2013 12:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Read and forwarded your to him he will get a kick out of them. I meant over 25 years. I can't remember exactly when he started. Your poems were great!!!! J
  1. Date: 5/14/2013 2:14:00 AM
    I love your poem, Jennifer. You have good insight into the horror your brother has to live with having to defend his clients. Good luck in the contest, my friend. I know you'd do well. Licia :-)

    Oliver Avatar Jennifer Marie Oliver
    Date: 5/14/2013 2:18:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you, I can only imagine and see its effects. His job does not allow him to share much but I see its effects. As a public defender for over 4025 years I pray for the day he can sit as a judge. I think it will be so much better for him, but he truly loves his job.