JURY DUTY

years ago
I was in a big room
and Our Row
started talking
about what we did.
My own sentence
surprised me.
In my heart I’m a poet
I said to a man
in a nice suit
who imported Good Swiss Watches.
Will you write
a poem for a watch
he asked? Of Course
I said. I wrote
six love poems
(all to the same
woman) and he
gave me six
good watches.

A few months
after jury duty
he sent me a note.
I have it somewhere.
She Liked Your Poems
he said. I told her
I wrote them.
Now, he said
I have more
of a chance.