POEM: “for whom?”

by Taj Alexander Mahon-Haft

in dialogue with Luke 6:34-37 and Luke 17:3-4

Taj 3how can
this land of
uniquely mandatory minimums,
third strikes
called by referees blind to circumstance,
truth in sentencing,
threats by bully prosecutors,
most of all
no take backs
one time only sales
American exceptionalism
exceptionally American
uncruel and usual
death sentences
call itself
land of second chances?

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