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This is a very concise poem about my day yesterday, serving on the Jury. I've deleted alot of the original info. for obvious reasons.

8.30 a.m.

I am on the train to the City
Have been called to serve on the Jury
Hope it’s no longer than one day
Otherwise it would cause some dismay

However, I am prepared, just in case
That I am called and have been chosen
To participate, as one of twelve in a trial
As a juror of course, for a little while

10.30 a.m.

I am on a morning break at the County Court
So far, our time has been quite informative
As step by step the procedure was explained
Shown a video, in the pool room, we remained

Whether I’m picked or not it doesn’t matter
I’m doing my duty as all citizens should
I’ll relax, read my book and enjoy it all
In fact, I might end up having a ball

11.30 a.m.

The first ballot has now been called
My number was not picked out of the box
So I sit and continue to read ‘The Power of Now’
Whilst drinking a delicious hot chocolate, Wow!

I’ve read and walked around, it’s all a bit boring
I’ve eaten, drank and rested my head
I’m sleepy and ready for a shut-eye now
I’ll rest until we are called, or try to somehow

12.30 p.m.

I’m now on a lunch break till 2.00 p.m.
Yes, my number did come up in the second ballot
When I was chosen, for the 12th juror, I cringed
I walked in front of the accused, and was ‘challenged’ 2 comments

So thankful was I, that I felt quite elated
For I probably would not have been impartial
Being a juror in a rape case, would make me queasy
How lucky was I to be challenged and to get off so easy

3.30 p.m.

Well it’s all over now; Yes, I was called up once again
I found the whole process quite interesting
The Judge’s associate had much to say of course
As all the charges were detailed very clearly

This time my name didn’t come up in the ‘lucky dip’
So now I’ll not be called for another two years, hooray!
When twelve jurors were selected for this drug trial
I still got to listen in, while the accused was in denial.

My day ended by 4.00 p.m. when I thankfully took the train back home.
I have been called to serve on the jury, three times in the past.
I even got to sit as a juror, before we were dismissed because of evidence
given, that could have influenced our decision on that particular case.


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