Sunday, December 4, 2011

Magpie 94

'Lunch' ~ George Tooker, 1964


The Jurors 

Locked in a small room
They eat in silence
Hunched over plates
Weighed down
By the sheer magnitude
Of what they are about to do
A cross-section of Americans
His peers
Numbers one through twelve
No names
Ready to examine the evidence
Without theory or conjecture
Do their civic duty
Serve up a just verdict
Determine his fate



46 comments:

  1. nice...i always think about that movie they had us watch in english...12 angry men when i think of juries...interesting and fresh take on the prompt...

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  2. I served on a jury in August - it really was an overwhelming experience.

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  3. Great take! I thought of your jury duty stint as I read it.

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  4. Smart woman- I like this a lot. I have served 3 times on jury duty-awesome responsibility.

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  5. Excellent read. I never thought of juries.

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  6. I've been called, but never chosen. I love that you thought of the lunch people as jurors...that's interesting.

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  7. I didn't occur to me that they might be jurors...brilliant!

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  8. Oh, nice take on the painting! I've had jury duty. I know how this feels.

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  9. What a unique and awesome take on the prompt Helen.....love it!! :-)

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  10. Loved your unique take - and even counted just to make sure!

    Like the new man in your life in your headline banner.

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  11. that's tough!.. when we do our decision in one thing we always love second or third opinion, but for them, it is what it is as how they think about it.

    JJRod'z

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  12. I love this! Really original (and it wasn't an easy Magpie!).

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  13. The jury is out and in the cafeteria eating balogna sandwiches. Love this original take; pure genius!

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  14. Do you know I've NEVER been called to jury duty (& I'm 47!)? My husband has at every place we've lived - but he hasn't ever had to actually serve on the jury yet.

    This is a great poem about the process & how it probably would be eating your lunch with those other peers.

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  15. Not an easy task, but one that still feels fairer than most.

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  16. Helen, only one who experienced it, I guess can come up with this. Most thought provoking!

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  17. Oh, a jury never occurred to me! Good idea!

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  18. I always fancied serving on a jury - but now I'm to old, they tell me! Bummer! ♥

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  19. ha..that was the first thing I saw too...an eerie place of strangers...who like it that way

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  20. Helen ....thankyou for popping over to my blog...what a great piece of music, what voice control and how sad!
    Glad that you remembered the rice...seems like it was the fruit that made it special!

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  21. Oh silly me ...I meant to also write that I found this poem very moving and so precisely written that the thoughts behind it all were so clear.

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  22. Thank you Dear Helen ~ for looking in on my blog and leaving your kind words.
    I have enjoyed your wonderful vision expressed so vividly. I so dearly appreciate the artistic, poetic mind as it immerses itself to open upon the archives of it's experience and set it before the eyes of others framed with the emotions of the memory of that event. So wonderful to experience with you again. I Thank You for sharing your journey here.

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  23. Ah jury duty...Love how you saw it in this picture...

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  24. Jury duty. Oh, yes! An experience, for sure, and the image fits right in.

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  25. Jurors, such a clever take. Exactly how I would picture them too, deep in thought, weighing the evidence in their heads while eating in silence. Excellent!

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  26. Oh wonderful Helen! What a great idea and so very plausible. Nice write.

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  27. This puts the reader right there! Wonderful.

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  28. I've never had to serve on a jury, but I could imagine it a very hard task.

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  29. Nice take on the prompt- the silence required by jury duty- been there, done that! Much too difficult for me though- I love to talk too much!

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  30. I get the feeling these serious folks are coming in with a guilty verdict..great take...Wow!!

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  31. Fantastic! Quite the opposite from Bingo.

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  32. Loved the poem :) ... Reminds me of a movie I once saw.. something called "jury duty".. not sure.

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  33. ...but not until they have eaten! :)

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  34. Nice variation on this Magpie picture.

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  35. Cool take on this prompt. Nice magpie!

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  36. One of the best Magpies, this time around, Helen.

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  37. An interesting thought, jurors, though it was nothing like that when I was one - I'm glad to say.

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  38. I liked your take and counted too! Never considered jurors.

    Anna :o]

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  39. I counted eleven jurors ... one is in the restroom.

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  40. wow, nice take.
    thank you for your compliment.

    =)

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  41. Brilliant, Helen. You really got to the gist of this painting. I think the artist would be honored by this poem.

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