A Beautiful Courthouse

It was a beautiful courthouse,

strong enough to weather any storm,

truly impressive in its classical form,

the bronze doors,

the varied Italian marbles,

the deep redwood floors,

so magically appealing,

as it compliments the gilded ceiling,

perfect to the picture,

and it was a work of great architecture,

as fine and glorious as any structure

ever built in the city,

and treasured,

if justice itself were measured

by the grandeur of its house,

then humanity would have little to fear,

an honest case could be tried there,

everything would be crystal clear,

as it should,

if well cut stone and hand-carved wood,

could guarantee a righteous vengeance

and liberty could make a true stand,

fight the injustice, the demand,

then it might be a place of sanctuary for man,

the courtroom complex exists,

so that generations of law officers

and lawyers could walk the halls

of justice as it calls,

feel their spirits soar,

all the hard, dirty work performed

at the city’s rotten core,

will no doubt be gracefully shaped,

packaged and taped,

into a clean and solemn case,

before entering the doors of that place,

where legal and illegal come face to face,

and the police could bring their best work,

to this, a final destination

wearing a look of utter resignation.

© 2011 Frank Atanacio

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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

For a long time I was into legal battles and visited Court rooms frequently. I enjoyed your poem.

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justateacher 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

If only this were true and we could actually have total belief in the justice system again..

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Sky9106 5 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

The halls of Justice.

As it should be be seen, in all its beauty and grandeur. As it is, not as we see it.

Beautifully captured and described by you Mt Frank.

As I ask .

Why are things the way they are , instead of the way they are supposed to be.

No need ask why the courts , you had already beautifully captured ,that illusive street walker, so it's obvious what's next.

Someone keeping up with you!lol


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Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks guys you three are the best in other words you guys ROCK!

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writer20 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

you sure know how to write a geat poem.

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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

This was wonderful poem. Thanks for writing and share with us. The justice should like this one. Take care!


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ChaplinSpeaks 5 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

I love this poem. Thanks for sharing.

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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Amazing and so well written. I worked with The Youth Offending Team for six years and was a frequent at the local court, and I have to say that I am impressed by this one.

Take care and have a wonderful day.


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia

Beautiful poem..it is so important to bring history back and you made it 'alive' with your words, thank you:)

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Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton Author

Thanks B... for your comment

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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

If only justice was served.

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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks Writer20, Eddy, Chaplinspeaks, and Praseto..didn't see you guys there :)

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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

Thank you Susan :)

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Express10 3 years ago from East Coast

I know of people that are years, decades even, overdue for at least a couple of trips to the courthouse, but they have yet to see that day. To quote Just Ask Susan "If only justice was served." Awesome hub.

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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

k you Express10 :)

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DealForALiving 2 years ago from Earth

A beautiful poem for a beautiful courthouse. Great job!

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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York

To use your own words, you ROCK! If only the beautiful courthouse could ensure that liberty made a true stand.

I love it when you share something I haven't seen before. Thank you Frank.

Voted all but funny.

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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Beautifully expressed. I was recently called to Jury Duty and got a chance to see the new courthouse. It was magnificent. Even the room for jury selection was amazing. An impressive place "where legal and illegal come face to face".

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carrie Lee Night 2 years ago from Northeast United States

Very good poem :). Thank you for sharing :). Voted up and interesting.

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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much Carrie Lee, Pegcole, and Tilsontitan, and Dealforaliving for stopping by the courthouse ... :0

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