What rhymes with justice?
Not the law.
Not guns, not football, not television.
Justice does not rhyme with the orderly
Or with the methodical.
It does not synchronize with the tidy
Or with the obedient.
It is not decorous or demure or even appropriate,
Not in the way that respectable people
Like to use those words.
No, there is not much that is comfortable
That rhymes with justice,
Not much that is analogous with
The last becoming first,
With the poor taking seats
Of honor at the banquet,
With the lepers taking communion,
With the rich begging for drops of water by the gate-
Not much at all.
But oddly enough,
The very best that rhymes with justice
Meditate on that.
George R. Pasley
October 31, 2017