The Sequestered Juror Writes a Pantoum                        

It’s no mystery where straight As come from.
You need a knack for following instructions.
“Sit up. Pay attention. Listen and learn,” your mother always said.
The judge said: no talking, no research whatsoever about the trial.

You need a knack for following instructions
and watch documentaries about the solar system, but no news.
The judge said: no talking, no research whatsoever about the trial,
only one juror at a time in the hotel pool,

and watch documentaries about the solar system, but no news.
The mini-bar is off-limits. In fact, for you it’s a lunar landscape.
Only one juror at a time in the hotel pool
and forget about those computers in the Business Center.

The mini-bar is off-limits. In fact, for you it’s a lunar landscape.
Verdicts don’t…

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