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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Summary Justice

by C.B. Anderson

If all the men who’ve ever plagiarized
were held accountable, and all the women
ill-treated by recycled lies disguised
     as truth were issued robe and gavel,
nearly every man would stand, a criminal,
     before the Court of his unraveling.

To pilfer words another has composed
deserves contempt, but even more abhorrent,
Her Honor judges, is deceit—case closed.
     The sentence: nine-and-thirty lashes
rendered in the mother tongue, a torrent she’ll
     deliver swift and unabashedly.

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