ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Justice Not Served

Updated on March 2, 2014
Source

Fighting for clear justice day by day,

The heart of the attorney is there to stay.

Each story is always in shades of gray

Today, tomorrow and yesterday.


It’s all a matter of rich and poor,

A fight for life, it’s understood.

Yet when the case comes to trial,

Law and fact are under denial.


It’s the defendant who feels the shame

The need for tears, the feeling for blame.

The attorney knows the truth like the land

And the hourglass of time fueled by sand.


The laws today may not be the same,

It always depends on the toss of the dice.

What is the will of the Court of Acclaim?

Who will now pay the highest price?


If justice is served once again

Will the length of the sentence really be fair?

Who is the victim and what is humane?

Does the merit of the court really care?


At the end of the long ride,

Who will prevail?

The one with the money bona fide.

Justice is served on a stacked scale.


The victim is still sorely unserved,

The winners with the money, undeserved.

The attorney who worked diligently felt worst of all

A tear hit the ground, echoed in the hall.


Justice is moot where it matters most

Benefactors of the world, why can’t we see?

Simple freedom can be a ghost

But this is not the land of the brave, the home of the free.

© 2014 Deb Hirt

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Rolly, there's always something in the judicial system, eh?

    • Rolly A Chabot profile image

      Rolly A Chabot 

      4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      HiDeb... great poem and words spoken with truth and meaning, well done. In Canada our courts are much the same, a slap on the wrist for this or that then the complete opposite judgement passed on something as insignificant as Jay Walking. Toss in the claim for momentary mental insanity and off you go free and clear. A common joke here is "You can always tell when its cold outside as te lawyers have their hands in their own pockets for a change."

      Hugs from Canada

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Ken Snowdon. I have also found the poorer the country, the less justice, if you can imagine that.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, DzyMsLizzy! You are right about justice for the wealthy, especially in this economy.

    • profile image

      Ken Snowdon 

      4 years ago

      Couldn't have been expressed any better than how you've done it here in verse and the clincher is the photo of the gavel with the dollar bill tucked nicely under it's head. Who is serving who? Money speaks loud and clear as always, god forbid we be poor middle class innocents, its the rich and famous who walk. Its been that way since the beginning of time and will until the end of it. Well written, bravo. Voted Up.

    • DzyMsLizzy profile image

      Liz Elias 

      4 years ago from Oakley, CA

      VERY well put! Hubby and I have been saying for years, "You get all the justice you can afford to buy." And I've been known to state that I feel the last line in the Pledge of Allegiance should be changed to read, "...and justice for all the wealthy."

      Voted up and awesome.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Audrey! Thanks so much.

    • AudreyHowitt profile image

      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      Strong write with a clear message!

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, teaches…I have been spreading myself around the world, and I stand with passport in hand...

    • teaches12345 profile image

      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      You have just demonstrated how the pen can change the world. Your thoughts are moving, and hopefully it will affect those who make the laws of judgement

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Precisely, ChitrangadaSharan.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Wonderful hub with a great message, something about the universal legal system everywhere.

      I never thought this could be expressed in a poem!

      Very well done!

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Vellur. It happens in every country of the world...

    • Vellur profile image

      Nithya Venkat 

      4 years ago from Dubai

      It is sad that the judicial system is this way and as you say this land is definitely not for the brave and home of the free. Great poem.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I know, Nell, it's always something...

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 

      4 years ago from England

      Great poem Deb, and something that happens every single day, just watching the Pistorious trial, we shall see....heres the key, throw it away in his case though! lol!

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Kevin!

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, Leslie, always the way that it is, BUT there are some things that the courts can't control...

    • The Examiner-1 profile image

      The Examiner-1 

      4 years ago

      I think that was beautifully written Deb. Voted up and shared.

    • ImKarn23 profile image

      Karen Silverman 

      4 years ago

      Money, money, money - cha,ching! Sigh..

      it's a 2 - if not 3 tiered 'justice' system - and i use the term loosely..

      The libra in me loved this!

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, Perspycacious, we all have to seek what is right...

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, manatita. There is so much that is not right.

    • Perspycacious profile image

      Demas W Jasper 

      4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      The provided legal help for the indigent is sorely limited as is its investigative muscle as stacked against the well-funded prosecutors. May God preserve us from such trials and from end-of-life care as well.

    • manatita44 profile image

      manatita44 

      4 years ago from london

      With the trial of Oscar Pistorious being a big thing on the news a.m., this is a timely poem.

      Great topic! Read about justice in The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran (if you haven't). Have a great day!

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Jackie. A lot of strange things can happen, no question about it. It happens all over the world, too.

    • Jackie Lynnley profile image

      Jackie Lynnley 

      4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      No it sure isn't Deb and the judicial system is rotten to the core. Excellent subject! Great poem. ^

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)