This week we bring you another selection from the book Poetic Justice: Legal Humor in Verse by JD Dupuy and ML Philpott. This poem is for the new law students out there.
Gossip, insecurity, competition, cliques…
Wasn’t it a decade ago we outgrew all this?
Sorting out the pecking order like teenagers do,
Obsessed with rank, we watch our backs and watch each other, too.
We’ve got all kinds of females here, from prom queens to wallflowers,
Mean girls, dull ones, sporty types, and ones who don’t take showers.
The guys are represented too, from quarterbacks to nerds,
Jerkwads, class clowns, and the ones in love with their own words.
The romances are epic, and the breakups make the news,
There’s not a social situation we don’t see as win or lose.
Professors play supporting roles, engrossed in their subjects,
We ridicule them, roll our eyes, “lol” at them by text.
Ambitions worn on every sleeve, there’s much pontification.
We’re always preening for an audience, giving an oration.
Why did I think there would be no nonsense of this kind?
Clearly there’s a lot we grownup kids can’t leave behind.
They say, “Look left and then look right. One of you won’t make it.”
I think I may nominate myself. I’m not sure I can take it.