Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Justice


We are all born to suffer and die;
it changes nothing to wonder why.
We carry our burdens, links in a chain;
sins, indiscretions all remain.
These chains grow heavier with life and time,
link upon link, crime after crime.
There are those who carry their chains and more,
links forged by apathy, a pitiful captor.
Through mercy they can be freed from the pain;
in reparation those left must carry their chain.
The weight of this burden one cannot dismiss.
There is penance and pathos in supreme justice. 


Poem by: McGuffy Ann Morris,
from "Weeds", 2012
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42 comments:

  1. Harsh as it is, I always loved this one. There is so much truth in your poetry and you often speaks of things we would tend to ignore, but shouldn't. Good one, McGuffy ...

    Andrea

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  2. This poem reaches to the very of the heart. Made me ponder. You are good.

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  3. Off topic but I have found favorites mice months later raking under washer and dryer & couch, chairs...beds. xxoo

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  4. A good one to ponder on.
    hugs,
    JB

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  5. This poem was absolutely perfect for this week's writing prompt, Annie! It is stark, yet truthful in its message. I often ponder the balance between justice and mercy, and how it all works out in the end. A very thoughtful and well written poem. Thank you for sharing at with us at Two Shoes Tuesday!

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    1. Exactly. The balance, the reality, the mercy.

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  6. Such chains burden us all. Good answer to that prompt.

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  7. This is so very true. So very painfully true.

    Have a fabulous day. :)

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  8. Very thought-provoking piece!

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  9. Wow, that's really deep, and food for thought.

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    1. I am glad it spoke and makes people think.

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  10. Very dark and moving - it gave me chills.

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  11. Wow..vry thought-provoking!

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  12. Yes, we all have the sins and the chains...one must learn to carry them with dignity before they drag us to the bottom

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  13. lotta deep thoughts toward the end there...the chains we carry and the role mercy plays in our lives...sometimes i think the hardest one for us to forgive is ourselves...

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  14. Though provoking piece of writing. Even though we know what we're doing we still carry on forging those chains.

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    1. Exactly, Paul. Thank you for your thoughts here.

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  15. Those chains can be a heavy burden. One can't dismiss their weight, but I think everyone has to find a way to lighten the load.

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    1. I agree, Mary. That is our purpose, to learn.

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  16. This is fantastic love the closing line, I spend a lot of time thinking about ways to improve the justice system right now I like most that place (I forget where) that the prisoners live on an actual form that they run, they are not caged

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    1. Wow. That is amazing. I would like to know more about that. Thank you for sharing.

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  17. Yes. 'Man is born free but is everywhere found in chains..' What a strong metaphor for living in the present day.

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    1. Thank you, Kerry. I appreciate your thoughts here.

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  18. Great metaphor to use ~ I am hopeful though that those chains lighten through the years as we learn to forgive and help those in need ~

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    1. Thank you, Grace. That is part of our journey.

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  19. A very truthful, powerful piece, made me think of Marley from A Christmas Carol as he carried the chains "he forged link by link" by not being merciful and how he tried to convince Scrooge to become kind and giving so he wouldn't be weighed down by such a heavy chain. Marvelous poem you have written!

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    1. Thank you, Lisa. I appreciate your thoughts.

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  20. This is the second poem I read today that describes life as penance. Interesting. I believe there is all kinds of pain, some inevitable, some preventable ... and then there is healing ... :)

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    1. That is an interesting take. No, I don't think life is penance; I think we must do penance for our actions in life, however. Each action is a link in our chain. Penance leads to healing.

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