The Scales of Injustice (Parts 5-9)


When it comes to redress
              in courtrooms and trials
              that are mostly only for show
the truth  counts for little at best

and as long as all involved
              in the system get paid
the system   simply couldn't care less

       for as sure as blame
                     is never fully apportioned
       till the nest of qualified snakes
                     has slaked its passion
                                   for statutory extortion

no one's legally innocent
                            or officially ever at fault
till all means have been tried by the system

to seize all it can from the vulnerable vaults
that house the assets of clients and victims.


As certain as elections are held to fill peasants
                     with assuaging illusions of choice
the purpose of courts is to give the impression
that worthies will listen to the little man's voice

       After all   it's always been understood
              by all but the dimmest of ruling hoods
       that the mere appearance or promise
              of honour  impartiality or compassion

                     is normally more than sufficient
                            to quell the lathered rabble's
                                   most radical suspicions


Squeaky clean
make-believe scenes
of cheery theory and lofty ideals

may suggest  something less sordid

— perhaps even
as often portrayed and falsely reported
a cliche-laced  fairy-tale of fairness —

       but in practice
       and the straight-up facts
       of the endless every day act
                                          that is life

       not in ivory towers or halls of power
                            but down in the street

              is what the mighty and rich
              inflict on the poor and the weak.


As sure as laws and lawsuits
              are instruments of control
       employed by the prosperous
                     to subdue and oppress;

       are weapons they wield
                            to lawfully steal
              from the vast defenseless
                                   despoilable rest

make no mistake
that in each infrequent case
where there's ever been true rule of law

its rule has always devolved
       and soon been replaced
       by corruption's overpowering paws.


as apt and keen a description
       of the sadly legal system
as there is in three simple words

                     obstruction of justice

its often depressing essence
as well as any phrase ever heard.

• See Parts 1-4 here
From his lofty perch near the top of the earth, Korvus observes the whirling world of humans, with equal parts wonder, disgust, and amusement. Korvus is the author of the unpublished book "RED PILL POEMS: The Poetry of Empire, Politics and Power" and may be reached at Read other articles by Korvus.