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Judge compiles 2 books of poetry

November 12, 2016 GMT

BOUNTIFUL, Utah (AP) — Two poetry books feature the work of northern Utah judge Thomas L. Kay.

Kay has spent almost 30 years writing thousands of poems, the Standard-Examiner (http://bit.ly/2fNaxfN ) reported.

“The Road I’ve Taken” and “One Silent, Holy Night, The Poetry of Christmas” are available online.

Kay was an attorney with three children when he decided to write a poem just before Christmas about the “people who were actually there,” he said. “Joseph, Mary, the Angel, the shepherds, King Herrod.”

“The Road I’ve Taken” is available at Barnes & Noble.

Kay says Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken” sparked his interest in poetry when he was in seventh grade.

Kay will read his poems for the public at a library in Bountiful on Dec. 1.

His poem “Sentencing” was written after he sentenced an 18-year-old and saw the looks on the parents’ faces.

“I remember telling him he had so much to look forward to, but he needed to change his life,” Kay said. “I’m not a miracle worker, but something clicked.”

Kay said he later learned the man turned his life around.

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Information from: Standard-Examiner, http://www.standard.net