General Poetry posted March 23, 2021

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The Juror

by Susan Louise Gabriel

Hold up,
Hold Out!
What’s your problem?
Why the doubt?
Why the stance?

Can’t convict.
On the fence.
Doesn’t make
good sense
when I see

I am not 
acting out.
This is not
just about
holding back,
having clout.

I cannot
be bought.
Don't you see,
with this doubt,
I would be
a sellout?


Rhyming Short Line Poem writing prompt entry
Writing Prompt
Write a commentary/philosophy poem that is at least 14 lines long and has lines of 1 to 3 words each. That is, no more than three words per line. Rhyming is required, but the rhyme scheme is up to you.

Topic is anything you wish as long as it falls into the required genre of commentary/philosophy. Poem must be new (never before published on FanStory).


A "hold out" is: "Someone who withholds agreement or consent upon which progress is contingent."

In the U.S. legal system it take agreement of the entire jury to convict someone in criminal court. If one person doesn't agree to convict, they would be considered a "hold out."

In the broader sense, I believe that someone who caves to pressures in society, such as making critical decisions based on outside pressure or adopting an opinion just because it seems like everyone else believes it isn't being authentic and can even cause an innocent person to lose their life if given the death penalty. My poem illustrates the tension between someone who doesn't want to "go along with the crowd" and "the crowd" that is trying to pressure him.
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