year on justice

by Hunter Altschul



the message is that we're sorry
but someone had to pay
pay for what they'd done
pay to change their mind
put an example on display
some nights i do not recognize you
both put in hours of working late
i smell the morning
in your trembling hands
a familiar routine i hate
somehow this has to make it
the moment you've been holding out for
a year on justice
I've got the gall to even ask you
if you ever watch the costs
the cost of one more night
hand it over to vigilance
the lines in your face grow less soft
and when the buzzards drink at midnight
you are still awake
you stretch quietly
and again you're sorry
but someone has to pay


released January 2, 2016



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