A friend in need

Let’s see if Marvin Medlar
can be a force for good
in the matter of these charges
against Josiah Mudd.

— Are there any circumstances
that you think might mitigate,
to save this wretched fellow
from a final dreadful fate?

— I’ve known Josiah Mudd
since we both were little boys;
he always had much more than me,
but he sometimes shared his toys.

Side by side we laboured
as we grew in wind and rain;
he was foreman at the pit
where I broke a fingernail.

After much consideration,
and a full and fair review,
I’d say hang the bastard
is the only thing to do.



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