Powerful gavel in fallible hand,
he is the clumsy instrument
of imperfect equity.
HEAR YE, HEAR YE!
COURT IS NOW IN SESSION.
He tests he tastes he tries he judges
there were such a thing as justice.
He weighs he measures he listens he talks
and without “taking” a decision
his court is adjourned.
Hair-trigger reporters spring into action
in a scrambling melee for the door-
each, anxious to be the first
to STOP THE PRESSES!
All over the city,
revised headlines blared:
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