When If Won’t Do


If if won’t do in the 21st century,

To say that a state of affairs must be;

In the event this occurs, or that that is the case,

Should it be that, when occasion requires

The consultation of the jottings of lawyers

Upon the occurrence of perusal by others

Lately come to the locus in quo

Fresh from the functions of living reality

Faced with the form of legal verbosity

Where the writer reads less like Kipling, and more like his judge–– 

In the event that any of the aforesaid conditions obtain,

The nation is apt to muse

If the state can’t speak to us in our own tongue, pray

Why should we care what it has to say?

 © Philip Knight 2018