Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Poem: "For the Benefit of the People"

This poem came out of the May 5, 2020 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from rix_scaedu and Anthony Barrette. It also fills the "Law" square in my 5-1-20 card for the Sumerian Me Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony and Shirley Barrette.


"For the Benefit of the People"


When the country is run
by someone who believes
in sexism and racism and
bigotry of all flavors, then
alternatives must begin to
come out of the woodwork.

Government is a trust, and
the officers of the government
are trustees. Both the trust
and the trustees are created
for the benefit of the people.

So the trustees who rise
to the challenge are those
who know what it means
to be overlooked.

The candidates are
the last ones standing
after everyone else has
given up and quit.

There is the Latina
who stayed when
all the others left.

There is the gay man
who became the first
to see the problem.

Then there is the poor,
black, lesbian in a wheelchair
who is the only one who can
see how it all hangs together.

They are the ones who
take the Law in trust
and keep it safe for
We The People.

* * *

Notes:

"Government is a trust, and the officers of the government are trustees. And both the trust and the trustees are created for the benefit of the people."
-- Henry Clay
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