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Poem: "Key Chains" - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poem: "Key Chains"
This poem came out of the June 5, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] mama_kestrel and [personal profile] librarygeek. It also fills the "temper tantrums" square in my 6-4-18 Mixed card for the Winteriron Bingo Adventure fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.


"Key Chains"


You become a lawyer
because you believe
in Truth, in Justice,
and in Fairness.

You hate bullies,
and so you want
the power to make
them stand down.

You see a way
to make things better.

Then you get into court and
it's all temper tantrums. You find
yourself fighting over keychains.

Knickknacks. Paperweights.
Souvenirs from the honeymoon
from the divorce that's going on.

It's not what you signed up for.

However, it teaches you
a great deal about people.

You come to realize that it's
not so much about keychains
as it is about key chains --
the things that hold us back.

That's when you unlock
the weight of expectations
that you put on your paycheck
and your professional development ...

and become a public defender.

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