Only Justice

 

My rage is still chained to the USA news cycle. The he said/she said of the Kavanaugh nomination committee hearings were never designed for justice. Only more fact finding and investigation might have taken this beyond the realm of opinion and political tribalism. Then, to add more insult to compound my anger, I learn that the Dean of Social Work at my alma mater, Catholic University of America, that other D.C. Catholic education institution cross-town from the illustrious Georgetown U (you know, like the Prep) tweeted support for Judge Kavanaugh. Gee, and here I thought social workers were the last bastion of sympathy for the sexually abused. Of course, this School of Social Work had staff who thought you could cure homosexuality back in the 1970s.

I hope women are galvanised into activism. I hope that women who have been co-opted by the patriarchy in the hope of preferment (yes, that’s you Senators from Maine and Alaska) see the light. I am beyond patience with men whining about Kavanagh’s life being ruined because of an accusation. It is patently not so if he can be elevated to the Supreme Court. Without a fair, even-handed judicial process, one that does not humiliate victims, someone else’s life is always ruined. I feel my sex has been scorned. I want some Justice that has open eyes.

The opener for today’s poetry practice is a quote from Byron Ballard:

Only Justice Can Release a Hex.

Only Justice

Only justice can release my sex
from unwanted gestures,
unsought blows.
Today I cannot see beauty.
I only feel lowered and bruised.

Only justice can release my sex,
Justice with her wide-open eyes
to see the bruises from those blows.
Today I cannot see beauty.
I only feel swept in sorrow.

Only justice can release my sex,
Unbind us from this hex
of inequality and our own self-hatred.
Today I cannot see beauty.
I only feel the weight of curse.

Only justice can release my sex
from our spirit’s vexations
and the violence of misused power.
Today I cannot see beauty.
I only want to return to its sender
this centuries old hex.

Copyright 2018 Bee Smith

 

Image attributed to mygoddess.com

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