What are the Federalist Papers?
How many amendments are there
to the Constitution?
A couple speak to each other
On this day, a celebrity judge
will do the oath.
He’s affable, tall with shiny hair.
He tells a joke, people look for a snare.
A woman clerk sets aside an Edwardian novel
and passes around miniature American flags.
After The Pledge of Allegiance
there are pictures, light snacks.
An old man wearing a necklace of bones
contemplates a portrait of Ronald Reagan,
in particular, a white handerkerchief
in his left breast pocket, monogrammed
the way the man’s bones are known to him.