Sunday, May 1, 2011

Letter to the Governor


"Letter to the Governor"
by Jason Robert Brown
from Parade (1998)

I have heard them in the streets, Gov'nor.
"Justice! We have justice!"
Through these old and tired walls.
Calling through the autumn night
That still more blood must flow ...
And I declared it so.

And maybe I was wrong.
Maybe what was "obvious" then
Would not have been for long,
But I would not delay.

And maybe I was right -
Maybe I'm afraid that in a
Higher Judge's sight,
I won't know what to say.
So before I leave this world behind,
I have to speak my mind.


With hatred in the air,
How is any man to know
What is or isn't fair?
I left it up to Fate.
It now may be too late -
They'll be caling out to you, Gov'nor.
You will know what's right to do.

No commentary today ... I'm just going to put it out there, and let it stand on its own.

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