If Life Could Be a Court and
We Be Tried
If life could be a court and we be
Our guilt could be determined with precision.
due punishment provide
And close our cases with some just
But rarely is our guilt so well defined.
Above, defenses carefully aligned;
faintest trace of them retained.
For those who have such tragedies to
And cannot ever know their share of blame,
There is no court
but their own hearts, and there
They are condemned to self-inflicted
Such tender souls are fittest to be moved
By knowing that
like all souls they are loved.
Copyright by Nicholas Gordon