a simple social contract

between you and I and them

is the basis for our judgment

and the power to condemn


ordained by this agreement

we elect a privileged few

who oversee a process

designed to seek the truth


but the process, by its nature

cannot know of what it speaks

as the jury counts on others

for the wisdom that it seeks


and the laws we have created

to protect our civil rights

often authorize exclusion

of the proof it should invite


though we search for justice

with a very clear intent

the justice we achieve

seems a fiction we invent


yet credit our invention

as the best that we can do

for only in the heavens

is the judgment always true


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