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Below is the poem entitled POETIC JUSTICE --VIRTUE OVER VICE which was written by poet Kim van Breda. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Virtue over vice—who will pay the price
Ironic twists of fate are flawed if virtue does not equal reward
Logic needs to triumph—to beat and defeat
The tragedy of treachery that strives to cheat and repeat

Try to see outside myself and understand the eyes
To analyze, theorize, recognize and polarize
Excuse all the highs that terrorize
Unacknowledged trauma’s are like wounds that never heal
Never feel—on a constant wheel—a terrible price to pay for sin
Until at last the outside matches the justice
History written on the body—a canvas of poetry
In the end, reality, the price to pay would be too great
Too much at stake 
Comfort zones obliterated, confusion reiterated
What then… the end?

Life seems slow to reach conclusion
To wait, turn back, to stop or go
To fly or dive when there is no restraint or self control

 Deceit makes it hard to separate the self
Seeking truth above the easy way out
To shout, express doubt, to dropout--- burnout

Justice is tested through another’s eyes
Disguising their own lies as they spy and deny
The poetry of playing the same game
Camouflaged by another name—to shame blame and disclaim

Does virtue win the day?
Or vice have its say and inevitably stay
Does it triumph and receive reward?
Or is logic a masquerading fraud 

The poetry in justice must ultimately distrust and adjust this
Lift the darkness
Make it painless, nameless and stainless
The punishment… its sword

Copyright © Kim van Breda

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  1. Date: 8/1/2013 10:26:00 PM
    Nicely done

  1. Date: 3/12/2013 4:59:00 PM
    Ooooh, I'm awed by this write. Virtue over vice indeed. True poetry, my friend. Incidentally, I've also written a poem titled 'Poetic Justice". It's longish, so I had to split it in two. You might want to have a look-see. I have to admit mine is nowhere near as eloquent as your piece. Well done, homegirl. :)

  1. Date: 2/22/2013 9:20:00 AM
    Dear Kim Virtue will evermore in regal triumph shine to leave vice as slime to slither to an underworld, Again Dear Poetess Kim your words astutely excel in savant logic and rhyme, Let all Poet's Heart's pulse as one.