Odes to Injustice

I spent several hours waiting around the courtroom today. Perhaps these may express some sights and sounds of this misspent day:

1. A commentary on the plea agreement system:

Quiet Consultation


Attorneys whisper

Secret, sotto voce, songs

Sibilant hissings

Singing with the A/C’s sigh.

Thus his fate is decided.


2. An examination of the contrast between expectation and reality:

Resounding Thud


With that gavel fall

Shallow party dreams collapse

Back into the hole


Systematic Mills

Inside of this machine

Of wishes and of dreams,

Punishment and restitution, 

Hope of rehabilitation,

All humanity is lost.

Within this maze of statute,

This swamp of base ambition,

Where people have no face,

Just the role they play.

Victim, Perp, and Lawyer,

Learned, wizened Judge,

Enforcers of the peace,

Witnesses, the rest of us.

Dare we call this Justice?