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The Scales of Justice Tilts

Updated on June 10, 2017
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Manatita is an esteemed author living in London, UK. He writes spiritual books, flash fiction and esoteric poetry, his favourite genre.


Clouds part.

The sounds of clanging

beyond prison walls.

Eerie does the dawn.

Somewhere on a damp bed

She ponders; remembers

The wrongs of yesteryear.

Ignorance came, spinning a yarn

Into her life;

Carving a knife

Into her heart.



Tonight she will see the sad face of Justice.

She prostrates herself …

For the victim, the perpetrators, the relatives ...

For those who came before …

For those who would come after…

More clanging.

A golden teardrop,

Heaven’s silent invitation.

Light streams through the rugged bars

As her soul is taken up.

The Libran pendulum has lost its balance,

But Grace remains awake.

Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. Copyrighted, 30th April, 2017.

~ Awakening The Inner Light



"Divine Justice is nothing short of divine Forgiveness. Human justice says that if somebody has stolen something, he has to be punished. Human justice tells us that this is the right thing, and it gets tremendous pleasure by punishing the person. But when divine Justice operates, even if it takes an outer form, inside this Justice there is tremendous compassion..." - Sri Chinmoy




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      manatita44 6 months ago from london

      Indeed, my Friend. Indeed!! Thank you so much, Harish.

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      Harish Mamgain 6 months ago from India

      manatita, brother, this is a great poem. The last line " But the grace remains awake " is a beautiful finishing line, and we all revel in purity of our conscience.

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      manatita44 6 months ago from london

      You're on a roll dear. All my love.

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      Shauna L Bowling 6 months ago from Central Florida

      Manatita, this is very vivid, touching and sad. Nevertheless, it's a wonderful example of storytelling via poetry.

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      manatita44 7 months ago from london

      Nice one Elijah.

      A very interesting approach. Thank you.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 7 months ago from Washington DC

      Human Justice causes "The Libran pendulum [to lose] its balance" while Divine Justice is perfected through "Karma". Human Justice decisions are based on "only 108 degrees of life" because human judgments are based on sense perception without a concrete recognition while Divine Justice sees all things past and future and realizes forgiveness is forth coming.

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      manatita44 7 months ago from london

      Ah, Alicia.

      You're so right! Still, it fits the reason that I write ... to serve, to inspire, to awaken, to motivate, to reach the Heart .... thank you so much!

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      Linda Crampton 7 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is very different from your usual type of poetry, but it's certainly powerful, Manatita. I'm glad that I read both the poem and the Sri Chinmoy quote. They are thought provoking.

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      manatita44 7 months ago from london

      Thank you, Tamara.

      I believe the last three poems are not my usual style. I will return to the longing and yearning tomorrow with Monday's Inspiration. Thank you so much!!

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      Tamara Moore 7 months ago

      This is sadly moving, and helps to gives those, who have suffered injustice, a voice. Thank you, Manatita for giving a voice to people who suffer so deeply.



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      manatita44 7 months ago from london

      Yes, Dee,

      it probably happens so they can reflect and get healed inside. God ultimately transforms all.

      Thank you, Ruby.

      One of my last two poems came as a result from reading your story. It was probably this one. Rehab is a better way, yes. But some don't change with rehab. It also costs a lot and last much longer.

      Still, a quick death sort of deprives the individual from learning invaluable life lessons. Not so cut and dry, this one. Thank you so much!!

      P.S. I made this girl innocent, but I changed the line to:

      "Tonight she will see the sad face of Justice." More subtle.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 7 months ago from Southern Illinois

      The scales of justice sometimes tips in the wrong way. Many young people have died at the hands of the state. I want to believe that rehab is a better way. Sobering poetry, written with compassion...

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      Dora Weithers 7 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for the redemption in your last line, and again for the light shed by Sri Chinmoy's quote. My maternal grandmother used to say that she'd prefer that a relative was murdered than to have him/her sit in a condemned cell waiting to have his/her life taken.

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      manatita44 7 months ago from london

      To Jodah,

      Yes, yes. I totally agree, my Friend. I take it that you are more settled now? Have a great April/May weekend.

      So right Eric. Like Jodah said, we need it but boy, it does have its drawbacks.


      I thank you. Something in Ruby's story triggered that one. Still, I'm sort of glad I did two today which is not my natural style. May is approaching fast! Good for all you farmers, I suppose. Loving thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Sunday morning is the perfect time to read this. Justice is such a throwaway word in today's society, and one which seems to have different meanings to so many people.

      Anyway, wishing you blessings and peace throughout your day!

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      Eric Dierker 7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Marvelous. When I was in college studying philosophy we would meet up in a tavern and banter about "what is justice". My favorite guy was/is Spinoza "I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, nor to hate them, but to understand them." Our notion of justice is ordinary, God's is extraordinary. Thanks for sharing this great piece.

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      John Hansen 7 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Wonderful poetry here, Manatita. The scales of justice are not always balanced evenly but the law serves an important purpose.