Saturday 21 October 2017

A poem by Elly de Waard


I once heard a wise man
remark (it was
the poet Leo Vroman)
it makes no sense to
spend time bemoaning your fate
since nature knows nothing
of justice whatsoever.

I’d like to put
this more concisely. To
begin with he is quite right.
Although it might well be that
nature knows what is just
in the sense that she strives
for balance. The scales
of Lady Justitia

have for her no
moral values, but rather
the gravity
of the earth and the utter
velocity of light.
She is the weighing process
as it were: she sets aright
but she holds her tongue.

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