Entry - MAG Poetry Prize 2010

Let the law carve the mountain

by Avi Israel

Let the law carve the mountain
and justice put to shame
Let the rules form the landscape
and clemency put to shame
Let parliament dance in circles
listening to an odd tune
Let uniform hold the pillars
of this white empty room
Best intentions are gone
replaced by pride and titles
Facts, evidence and witnesses
leave the truth alone
Empty wards of honour
Shake of hand is just a squeeze
Handful of broken promises
packed with drive of sleaze
Watch your back and scratch some others
As friendship turned to deals
Have it all in writing and…
watch the telling walls
Wisdom of fair play had turned to acid
now night became the time.
Warmth and kindness left behind
as winning is banging in court

Added: 18.04.2010