The Backstory

A business partner did me wrong and sued
(this happened 20 years ago, or so).
I burned to tell the story – not to brood
but more, I thought, to let my lawyer know
exactly what led up to the betrayal.
“Please write the whole thing down,” he said to me.
I did. I sent a narrative email
and left him to develop strategy.

The next time we conferred, I was surprised.
“You got my email?” “Sure,” he voiced, although
“What did you think?” received as his reply
“I didn’t read it,” and he chuckled low.
“You didn’t write those words for me,” he said.
“The exercise was all for you, instead.”

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