Andy Brookes

Gold Star - 39,174 Points (11 May 1954 / Macclesfield)

Just Doing Justice - Poem by Andy Brookes

Aware of the fulsome frailties of humanity
And mostly we are humanely human.
Or is that humanly humane?
We are arbitrary in our intentions
Good or otherwise or otherwise good.
Or bad it matters not.

Good and Evil are human constructs.
Yet what is evil to one is not necessarily to another,
We build our world from of our own devising.
Divisive or not.

Justice stands with a balance scale for a reason.
The rule of law may be unjust,
If there are made outside our belief system.
A tyrant may work perfectly within the law,
A democrat outside.

Justice is never blind and not always just.
The law may be an ass but an ass does not know the law.
Do we want punishment or revenge?
The line between both is as thin as that between good and evil
A millimeter either way decides the point.

So when we clamour for justice
Are asking for revenge?
Veiling or desire under the smoke screen of righteousness.
We kill by remote those we deem no longer fit to live,
We do not look into the eyes of their children
Nor hold their pain nor know it.
We just sit smugly say justice has been done.
In the end do we deserve justice,
Or do we get the justice we deserve?

Topic(s) of this poem: judgement

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, October 31, 2015

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