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Laws - Poem by gershon hepner

They make things happen in the world, like spells,
but only work if men believe in them;
belief gives them the power that compels
rejection of the men that they condemn,
while disbelief creates a vacuum
that’s filled eventually with other laws;
they are the rules for games whom zero sum
is either anarchy or social wars.

Inspired by Christopher Benfey’s review of Hilary Mantel’s book “Wolf Hall” (“Renaissance Men, ” NYT Book Review, November 1,2009) :
Thomas Cromwell remains a controversial and mysterious figure. Mantel has filled in the blanks plausibly, brilliantly. “Wolf Hall” has epic scale but lyric texture. Its 500-plus pages turn quickly, winged and falconlike. Trained in the law, Mantel can see the understated heroism in the skilled administrator’s day-to-day decisions in service of a well-ordered civil society — not of a medieval fief based on war and not, heaven help us, a utopia. “When you are writing laws you are testing words to find their utmost power, ” Cromwell reflects. “Like spells, they have to make things happen in the real world, and like spells, they only work if people believe in them.” Hilary Mantel’s “Wolf Hall” is both spellbinding and believable.


11/1/09


Comments about Laws by gershon hepner

  • Veteran Poet - 1,798 Points Marieta Maglas (11/3/2009 6:53:00 PM)

    Dura lex, sed lex - The law is harsh, but it is the law
    The compliance with the law is important for the existence of the state.
    Markus Burgstaller’s book, Theories of Compliance with International Law
    is a great contribution to the literature relating to the compliance.
    He develops a typology of some models of compliance with
    international law with the following categories: realist, institutionalist and normative
    theories. The book includes innovative elements, reworked understandings of the realist, institutionalist and normative labels in the field of compliance.
    The law have to be improved continuously.
    Excellent poem.Thank you for sharing.
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  • Rookie - 140 Points Anju Addanki (11/2/2009 2:44:00 AM)

    its nice defination of laws and so very true. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Lyric

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  18. 18. We Of U'Reil , Peter Vector
  19. 19. Legal Immigrant , Emu Getachew
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  22. 22. Diana Ross , Lawrence S. Pertillar
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  24. 24. The Dark Inside Of Me , Nicole Settimi
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  36. 36. New Crucifixions , M.D DINESH NAIR
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  44. 44. Each With Each Should Go , Luis Estable
  45. 45. I´m As A Drifting Cloud , Peter S. Quinn
  46. 46. To Francis Ledwidge , Francis Duggan
  47. 47. Sadness Was Walking Lone And Mute , Emmanuel George Cefai
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