Judgement Calls

Judgement Calls is a thought provoking poem with a harmonious end goal. There are nearly eight billion people on the planet. And not one of us have the right to pass decree on another. In the words of Walt Whitman before me—Be curious, not judgmental. The following verse echoes his sentiment.

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Judgement calls
I let it ring off
For it is not my place
To cast aspersions on another
Contrasting versions will always exist
Trespassing persons ever persist
Recasting those who are deemed not to fit
Cancelling shows before woke tabloid hits
Trending the end of the line for those owed to committal

For every rosehip
A thistle
All opposing
Swift dismissal
Chosen lords adored no more
All effects extrajudicial
Making it official
Where we stand with regards to those damned
One side of the story told
Gory details over mulled
Flea sale inventory sold
No lamb left on the shank

All the while
The accused walk the plank
Drawing a blank
As to why ranged attacks land
How many lies have been darned into kaftans
How many eyes
Narrow sights to play taxman
Entrap, ransack and subtract

Judgement calls
Alas, I’ll never ring it back
Listen to a song of right or wrong and sing it back
Not my place
To hasten disgrace
When the nose on my face knows the crack
Can smell the rosehips opening
To welcome those who double back
Exact no fury
Sack the jury
Tell no tale
Not fit to sail
Live
Let live
And forgive those forgetful
See how our misgivings can be mean and disrespectful

Refocus the onus on selves
For a second
For only the lonely
Can openly beckon
An end to the reckoning
Settle into second skin
Find a thread unthreatening
Stride ahead
To welcome in
Every motion seconding
Devotion to a second stint
In measure
Non-judgemental
For it’s not our nose’s place
To spite our faces
Or else
Next time
Judgement calls
We might well take it

Richard Charles Stevens

Keeper of The Crimson Quill

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