POEM: Great Lawyer

Someone once told me
I’d make a good lawyer
Unfortunately
Even a great lawyer
Would raise their eyes
To a poet

As is the case with many of my poems, they are designed to have multiple interpretations, usually playing off one another or making a more robust point by addressing two facets in parallel.  This poem is no exception, though it may be exceptional.  The key phrase is “raise their eyes.”  This line could mean “look up to” in the sense of admiration or honor, or it could me “raise their eyebrows” to indicate disdain or disapproval.  The first meaning lifts up the poet; the second meaning brings disdain to the “great” lawyer.  Either way, the poet ends up in the higher position.  Of course, a poet courting someone is typically preferable to a lawyer courting someone.  Well, whatever suits you…

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