Sunday, September 2, 2007

A Miscarriage of Justice

Another Belief Contradicted.

Dogma eyeballing forgiveness.

Gray highlighted in Jena,

Kindness lamented more.

None opposing prejudice,

Quelling reform.

Six turbulent, unheralded victims

Waiting xenium,

Yarrow zephyrs.

Slouching Mom challenged her readers at large to compose a poem consisting of 26 words, each beginning with a consecutive letter of the alphabet. As I have been thinking of the grotesque miscarriage of justice being carried out under the radar in a Louisiana court, I began to concoct my own word soup. I am not a poet, but I am willing to broaden my writing horizons.
A couple of explanations:

A xenium is a gift.

Yarrow is an herb that means healing.

13 comments:

Christine said...

wonderful place you have here! And this poem was powerful. very powerful. loved it.

and i've seen you around but there is another emily, too, and i though you were her!

Ma said...

I really liked your poem. I had not heard of the Jena 6 before. I used to live in New Orleans, however, and nothing would surprise me about Lousiana's brand of justice.

I plan to add the banner to my site as well.

Kimberly

slouching mom said...

Wonderful poem! I particularly liked this line:

"Six turbulent, unheralded victims"

Kevin said...

That was great Emily. And, I am glad that you added the definition on "xenium." I think that is the hardest part of these poems. Or, at least, that is where they seem to get most creative. Christine's poem also goes extra creative for the "x,y and z."

Also, thanks for spreading the word on Jena!

Kyla said...

Wow! Excellent poem AND social justice. Amazing.

Magpie said...

Wow - topical! Nicely done.

Monica said...

Super! A poem with such a powerful message. You made this look easy. I also like the line, "six turbulent, unheralded victims".

painted maypole said...

lovely. and thanks for the definitions.

niobe said...

You say you're not a poet. I think I'm going to have disagree with you. You've condensed the story so that each word burns. If that's not poetry, I don't know what is.

sex scenes at starbucks said...

Nice, Em.

Hannah said...

Words fail me. I only just heard about the Jena 6 yesterday and the hundreds of words I read on it can't touch your simple, powerful poem for sheer impact.

If you're not a poet, I don't know who is.

Thank you for being brave enough to write this and share it with us all.

Furrow said...

Good lord. What a story. It's hard to believe such places still exist, except that I live within a few hourse of and and have travelled through some of them. It's like another world.

Thanks for your comments on my blog. I wrote about our own big-headedness and my occasionally breech baby late yesterday.

Christine said...

hey i am adding this poem to the just post round table for August. email me at chrrisygreen (at) frontiernet (dot) net and i'll give you info on the just posts and the button.