Thursday, July 6, 2017

Justice Is as Justice Does

July 7, 2017

Dear Subscriber:

Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. This week’s theme is Independence Day (USA), which falls on July 4th.

Today’s poem is a July 4th poem about the influence of the past on the present.

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Nick Gordon

Justice is as justice does.
Under every is, is was.
Laws must be applied by those
Yet longing for their long agos.
For every change imposed by will
Oppressions linger, strangle, kill.
Underneath equality
Remains a brutal legacy,
The wandering ghost of slavery
Haunting still our history.

© by Nicholas Gordon

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This week’s theme: Independence Day (USA)
July 7: Justice Is as Justice Does

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