from the “Poems at Trial” — “An Expert, March 27, 2008”


An elderly man, thin and shaky, consults and engineers/His strong but quavering voice from the stand/Lists many accomplishments behind heavy black-framed glasses

He analyzes failures, how the world comes apart under stress/He explains how a ceramic vase breaks when dropped to a hard surface/Based upon his Doctor of Science degree from MIT

He drones on about his storied life of scholarship/His emeritus retirement now showers him with ten times his professor pay/And he rescues former students from embarrassing design mistakes, ever the teacher

He’s figured out how metal holds bone pieces together, except when it does not/When plaintiffs call him to explain the fault/As all problems must be blamed and all life’s disconnections made right at law

He proudly mentions Who’s Who and other wondrous achievements/Until we forget why we are here today/The clock’s hands spin and we still haven’t gotten past his credentials.

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About brucejberger

Bruce J. Berger has published his short fiction in a variety of print and on-line literary journals, including Prole, Jersey Devil Press Anthology, The Awakenings Review, Raphael's Village, Eastown Fiction, Black Magnolias Literary Journal, and others. He also publishes shorts stories for Amazon's Kindle. He is pursuing his MFA in Creative Writing at American University beginning in August 2015.
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