A Legal Poem

Love is as love does
Action speaks louder than word
Except where word does
So it is with law

Law is as law does
Line that draws a line
Leaving no middle ground
Like the continental divide

It says where the streams flow
From the deed that is done
To life or to death
As there is no middle

Because of law
There is justice
For we’re imperfect
Justice must speak

It kills us at justice’s call
For that’s its job
And, for loves sake she says
Go to jail and stay for some days

Then he looks and says
Good comes from cane
Let wisdom prevail
Though we feel a pain

As we falter forward
Two laws work
One that saves
And one we pay