Justice

Today, I invite you to write a poem about justice. We all have an idea of what justice looks like and understanding our thoughts and feelings about it can be helpful to our mental emotional health because it is a large theme we encounter on a personal and also a societal level.

What you write about may be large. It may be small. I met a child a few months ago named Justice. Was the child justice for something? To the world? To the parent’s life? For a particular situation?

We may have a lot of ideas of what justice means and we may never truly see what we think justice is come to pass. That is a fact we also have to live with and negotiate for ourselves.

So, let’s write a poem!

Write ten sentences about justice. You can start with: Justice is _________________. Continue along this line. Justice means____________. To me, justice is ____________.

You don’t have to be making some huge proclamation, just explore what you think it means to you. Maybe you think about justice in your own life or at your job or maybe you think societally or for the planet. Does it mean equality? Fairness? Equity? Try to explore the concepts you write about using concrete images and colors. Use your 5 senses. What color is justice and why? What does it sound like? How does it feel to the touch? What does justice taste like?

At the very end of your poem, after your tenth line, write another two sentences at the end about how you will survive/be okay if you don’t ever see in your lifetime the justice you imagine or want.

Afterwards, sit with your new poem for a bit (maybe a few days), then go back and see if there are lines you might want to rearrange or reorder or take out or change. Go back and reflect on what you wrote. Do you still feel the same? Is there something you forgot? What does that mean to you? Write about that for a moment.

Justice is a topic we could write books on, people have. So, summing up what you want to say in 10-12 lines is challenging. That’s okay. Just go with it.

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Take care,

Liza

Published by lizawolfffrancis

Liza Wolff-Francis is a poet and writer with an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College who is proud to have served two terms as a member of the Albuquerque Poet Laureate Program’s Selection Committee. She was co-director for the 2014 Austin International Poetry Festival and a member of the 2008 Albuquerque Poetry Slam Team. She has an ekphrastic poem posted in Austin’s Blanton Art Museum by El Anatsui’s sculpture “Seepage” and her work has most recently appeared in Steam Ticket, eMerge, Minute Magazine, Weaving the Terrain: 100 Word Southwestern Poems, Bearing the Mask: Southwestern Persona Poems, Poetic Routes, Poetry Pacific, Edge, and on various blogs. She has a chapbook out called Language of Crossing (2015, Swimming with Elephant Publications), which is a collection of poems about the Mexico- U.S. border. She loves breakfast food, popcorn and dark chocolate.

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