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A Beautiful Courthouse

Updated on December 22, 2013

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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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

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

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      Kept private 3 years ago from Northeast United States

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

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      Peg Cole 3 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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      Mary Craig 3 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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      Sam Deal 3 years ago from Earth

      A beautiful poem for a beautiful courthouse. Great job!

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      k you Express10 :)

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      H C Palting 4 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 4 years ago from Shelton

      Thank you Susan :)

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

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

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      If only justice was served.

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      Frank Atanacio 6 years ago from Shelton

      Thanks B... for your comment

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      Beata Stasak 6 years ago from Western Australia

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

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      Eiddwen 6 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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      Sarah Johnson 6 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

      I love this poem. Thanks for sharing.

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      prasetio30 6 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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      Joyce Haragsim 6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      you sure know how to write a geat poem.

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      Frank Atanacio 6 years ago from Shelton

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

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      Sky9106 6 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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      LaDena Campbell 6 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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      Vinaya Ghimire 6 years ago from Nepal

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