I went to court

I went to Court,
Seeking justice.
Housed in a fort,
Guarded by a host:
Of men armed
Of men awesome
Of men fearsome.
She lives in solitude
I lost my fortitude.
I went to Court,
Seeking justice.
Right at the gate
I was told:
‘You’re late’,
Blame your fate.
Enter you’ll,
If you make a deal
I lost my zeal.
I went to Court,
Seeking justice.
Right at the door
I was told.
Who on earth are you,
Eti seeking justice!
‘Her Majesty Justice is blind’
She cannot see me
Without a fee
I lost my glee.
I went to Court,
Seeking justice.
Who on earth are you,
Eti seeking justice?
Do you know
Mutatis mutandis
Inter alia
Sui generis, ejusdem generis…?
Get Mr. Bar-at-Law.
Frustrated, exhausted, disappointed, angry
I went to Ms. Baar-at-Loo.
Forsook law
Forsook justice.
I was taken to court
To face justice.
I saw Her Majesty Justice.
Without a fee
Without Mr Mutatis s/o Mutandis
& His learned brother Sui Generic
And Her learned sister Inter d/o Alia.
Daring, deaf, blindfolded,
Her Majesty commanded.
‘You drunken, vagabond, loiterer.’
In the name of His Excellency
The Right Honourable
Just Society.
You shall be dishonoured
For six months.
Housed in a fort,
Guarded by a host,
Of men armed
Of men awesome
Of men fearsome.
With men forlorn
In six months of solitude
Without my fortitude
Without my zeal
Without my glee.
To the windowless walls
To the stinking leaking loo
To the six-by-six floorless cell.
In the name of my ever-excellent ancestors,
I vow:
I shall not seek justice.
I shall not beseech Her Majesty.
‘Rest in Peace.
Your Ladyship Justice.’

July 26, 2007

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