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Monday, May 10, 2010


by Margaret S. Mullins

I'd like, oh please, to be appointed
a Supreme Court judge
so I could slam down my fist
and outlaw extraordinary rendition,
so I could write a majority opinion
that would bring discrimination against
gay men and women to a screeching halt,
so I could uphold lower court decisions
that would instantly redistribute wealth
of corporations that pollute and cheat and lie,
so I could lift the hem of my robe
and kick John Roberts in the shin.

Margaret S. Mullins splits her time between the quiet of rural Maryland and the rumpus of downtown Baltimore.  Her work has appeared in Prairie Poetry, Loch Raven Review, Welter, New Voice News, Manorborn 2008, Sun, Chesapeake Reader, Gunpowder Review, Asahi Shimbun, Long Story Short, and Persimmon Tree.   She is the editor of Manorborn 2009: The Water Issue (Abecedarian Press.)