What Lies Beneath

I was never very interested in poetry. I’m more of a long, intricate, overlapping storylines, and a plot twist in the end type of person. I like to be emotionally and sometimes physically immobilized by a plot for weeks at a time and then devastated when the journey comes to an end. However, there are a few poems that drag me along on a similar adventure. The poems that I like either grab my attention by their creative political statements or by their exuberant imagery. The poem I will be sharing today is an example of both.

Justice by Langston Hughes:

That Justice is a blind goddess

Is a thing to which we black are wise:

Her bandage hides two festering sores

That once perhaps were eyes.

This poem speaks to the injustice toward the black race. He brings to the consciousness that maybe those bandages don’t represent unbiased judgment and instead are hiding the ugly truth that is a Justice system that preys black people. The creative way he uses the American symbol of unbiased judgment to show the racial bias that built the system is powerful.

I just wanted to share this and begin a dialogue on poetry, what is your favorite poem and why?

 

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