Treasure Island

Barney Rooney


Sleep Lightly Mr Samuels

Sleep lightly Mr Samuels rest uneasy in your bed
lest the grief you have compounded brings a visit from the dead
silenced, yes, but the shards of their shattered time
will cut and bleed and such deep wounds may not be easily bound
and if the voices of the aggrieved enjoin the voices in you head
you’ll sleep lightly Mr Samuels but deeper than these dead

What may become a game - and not a game of chance-
played out upon the blunted cusp where good and evil dance
where defending the accused is indeed a noble role
and doing it with courage needs a silk who can be bold
but does the duty to test the truth with honesty and zeal
include the theft of innocence to secure a better deal

the biog on the webpage sets you well among your peers
‘a very useful operator’ and as such to be engaged
its not a pretty litany of achievements listed here
the children killed or violated, the bludgeoned man of 89 years
the knifepoint rape of a student sleeping in the dark
the wife who lost her life in the quiet of Heaton Park

someone has to do it, and it won’t be done for fun
but the issue is not the doing but how and for whom its done
whom justice is deemed to serve and to whom she stands in debt
is it the cabal in their chambers or those who are bereft
the loss when the debt is incurred is it not multiplied
when both the golden pennies are palmed from a dead child’s eyes

and the strained public purse charged a fortune by the hour
to enhance a reputation as a Rambo at the Bar
justice seems a little stretched when such benefits accrue
from the games played out in court upon the evil that men do.

Submitted: Sunday, November 24, 2013
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  • Elias Uddin (12/31/2013 11:46:00 AM)

    but does the duty to test the truth with honesty and zeal
    include the theft of innocence to secure a better deal

    nice. like it. (Report) Reply

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