Jury Duty by Billy Charles Root

The quiet little city welcomes me

With the morning sunshine shining

And bird songs chirped

As I make my way to the awaiting courthouse


As of yet I do not know why I’m here

In a line with I assume other law abiding citizens

To be chosen or cleared of service


We all stood silently round

A room wrapped in paneling of brown

And carpet blue on the ground

And mauve was on every chair


I felt like I was in church

They even had some pews

And the judge began to ask

Reasons why he should let us pass

Or at least for certain days be excused


As I listened I began to think

About the kaleidoscope world full of different lives operating in perfect sync

Vacation days and school starting, doctor’s appointment and families parting

One man has a son with Hodgkin’s lymphoma starting chemotherapy

Made my reasons seem a bit unfair and cheap

We exited the courthouse


For the street we all head

But I choose the sidewalk

So I don’t end up dead

We all make our way back to our little lives

A deputy watches an inmate mow

Jumpsuit of orange glow

And I think to myself that wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be

Just another small town day

Of citizenship play


© Billy Charles Root

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Excerpt from the book “Pressing On”

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About the Author

My name is Billy Charles Root. I was born October 21, 1975, in San Bernardino California and was for the most part raised by my father In Rialto and Apple Valley California. In 1995 I moved to Oklahoma where my wife Tina and I have nine children combined and 3 grandchildren. I have been a professional automotive technician for twenty years now and I still am for the United States postal service.

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