In 2007, a judge in Concord, New Hampshire demonstrated his poetic prowess after he received a hard-boiled egg in a mail from a prisoner who complained about his diet. As a kicker, he even referenced Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham.
Clarke Jay Wolfe, 61, said that he’s an Orthodox Jew and insisted that he should have a kosher diet. So, as a form of protest, he put a hard-boiled egg together with a letter in a manila envelope and sent it to U. S. District Court Judge James Muirhead.
Wolfe, who’s charged with sexual assault and awaiting trial, explained in the letter that the prison officials refuse to feed him with appropriate food so he’s suing the State Department of Corrections for $10 million in damages. He then demanded the judge to issue a preliminary injunction to oblige the prison officials to provide him food that complied with “both his spiritual and medical needs.” Also, he wrote that he cannot stomach hard-boiled eggs.
This strange mail inspired Muirhead to write the following verse that would make Dr. Seuss proud:
I do not like eggs in the file.
I do not like them in any style.
I will not take them fried or boiled.
I will not take them poached or broiled.
I will not take them soft or scrambled,
Despite an argument well-rambled.
No fan I am of the egg at hand.
Destroy that egg! Today! Today!
Today I say!
He then ordered to dispose of the eggs.
“We’ve told him, if you don’t like the eggs, don’t eat them,” Assistant Attorney General Andrew Livernois said. “That’s not good enough for him.”
Livernois received an egg as well.
St. Cloud Times, September 22, 2007