Gil Hoy

Happy Birthday Song

The chocolate cake
was particularly good

this year, and the frosting
tasted of opulence
and decadence,

like the crisp sheen
of shining dollar bills

that father made—
‘though some say stole—

after he was able
to buy the business
down the street
for a song.

Gil Hoy tries cases before juries in Boston, Massachusetts and searches for winning poems in his legal arguments.