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The Counting House Hammer

In the Orient it's called Karma,an inescapable butcher of beasts continuously chopping,slicing & trimming the meat of our mentalities,precisely weighed,
 
Occidentally the official judge of justice is commonly greeted as God,punisher of aggravated appetites,gatekeeper to the blissful & blightful kingdoms,

perhaps there are astral accountants tabulating spiritual treasures of ours,scribing with blood & bones,celestial lawyers indicting us on ancient legalities,

no action eludes the energy of Nature's ear & eye,to sing with no voice or weep with no tears is to try & erase facts from flesh,removing silt from river,

sometimes good fortune arrives in our awry lives,unanticipated & unsolicited like dreams of victory teaching us its possible to outdo the odds,dance on defeats,

however,recompense is irrevocably required by the Divine source as agony is requisite for birth,a timeless tax that gives everything a welcome worth,a value,

a mother who delivers a deformed child,small business owner increasing sales,a professor thats worshiped,pastor of an indigent church,self content poor man,

the purse of Providence is heavy & organic like a full belly always digesting,making space for more & more charity & confiscation,smote with a kiss,

a balance of thefts & rewards,lies that give loss,love that provides learning,povery that lends perspective,sorrow sowing strength,profits producing paranoia,

justice is a blacksmith that will heat you & cool you,strike you & smooth you,shape you into something appropriate for your properties,polish your planes -

J.A.B.  2010


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  1. Date: 4/10/2014 11:12:00 PM

    Hi Justin, stopping by to say hi... and good night.... Linda

    Bordner Avatar Justin Bordner Date: 4/11/2014 2:48:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Linda, standing tall in the warmth and burn of unpredictable sunshine. J.A.B.
  1. Date: 3/19/2014 8:41:00 AM

    "no action eludes the energy of Nature's ear & eye,to sing with no voice or weep with no tears is to try & erase facts from flesh,removing silt from river," love this! Nothing is hidden from the all determinate eye. Yes. ~Teresa

    Bordner Avatar Justin Bordner Date: 3/19/2014 1:34:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes Teresa, no Rain, or Sunshine withheld from our searching souls. "Love that provides learning..." Thanks for sharing this wisdom with me. J.A.B.
  1. Date: 10/11/2012 7:13:00 AM

    love the imagery here, Justin, and different aspects stand out everytime one takes time to read it, although the last stanza, from the start is amazing, and has many personal meanings for me.....

    Bordner Avatar Justin Bordner Date: 10/11/2012 9:47:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I greatly appreciate your respect Harry - few people take the time to understand, and enjoy justice - J.A.B. %
  1. Date: 8/28/2012 9:47:00 PM

    Hi, Justin,,, i feel like cleaning house, after reading this poem for the 3rd time... I love the way you think, and the way your comments make me smile all the time... I'm enjoying the way you charm me through your words, when making a comment.. even your comments read like a fresh thought of poetry.. thank you... really... from a poet friend to a poet friend... I'm sending real hugs... xox~PD

    Bordner Avatar Justin Bordner Date: 8/28/2012 11:20:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You honor me with repeated visits my Sphinx, thank you! My hearts warms to know I can share something of value with you PD.,because I trust that you will appreciate praise, wisdom and friendship - you give both fierce,and kind love in your works & comments - please keep sending those hugs - J.A.B. %
  1. Date: 8/22/2012 9:41:00 AM

    Congratulations on your poetry being featured this week Justin. Love, Carol

    Bordner Avatar Justin Bordner Date: 8/24/2012 9:07:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank You Carol, your visits are always sweet - J.A.B.
  1. Date: 8/20/2012 8:24:00 PM

    Amazing poem. Enough said. The last line wrapped it all perfectly together. Always, Laura

    Bordner Avatar Justin Bordner Date: 8/21/2012 7:49:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Laura, it seems that justice always gives and takes just the right amount - thanks for your love my friend! J.A.B.
  1. Date: 8/20/2012 1:20:00 PM

    Dear Justin, With regards to your poem "The Counting House Hammer" all I have to say is EXCELLENT WRITING! A most evocative poem about justice! Sincerely, Sara Giroux

    Bordner Avatar Justin Bordner Date: 8/21/2012 7:46:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes Sara, justice isn't always nice, but it can be kind - I thank you for the respectful comment Sara - J.A.B.
  1. Date: 8/8/2012 10:30:00 AM

    a dark write! your title hooked me and you reeled me in :)

    Bordner Avatar Justin Bordner Date: 8/9/2012 9:19:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Justice isn't always nice Susan,but it is always fair -So glad I know you! Thanks - J.A.B.
  1. Date: 7/28/2012 5:40:00 PM

    Enjoyed reading your work..Sometimes we think that some people don't get their just desserts in life but the hereafter Judge makes no mistakes...Thanks for stopping by, reading, and commenting about my work..Sara

    Bordner Avatar Justin Bordner Date: 8/9/2012 9:20:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I have absolute faith in cosmic justice too - Thanks - J.A.B.
  1. Date: 7/22/2012 3:05:00 AM

    Hi,,,Justin, i went over a few of your poems... did't you have more of them.. Did you remove some... just wondering... Good night..PD

    Bordner Avatar Justin Bordner Date: 7/22/2012 11:09:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    We have much wisdom to share P.D. I am grateful -
  1. Date: 7/22/2012 1:37:00 AM

    Hello, Justin you are going to be the highlight of my night' tonight. I'm actually looking forward in stopping and reading all your poems tonight. (and again) I had to put off responding to your wonderful comments, that way i can make time to spend time with your poetry. Life has me tending my real flock at home <--- lol... that is a joke. I'm talking about my family. Okay, this is my introduction for tonight. Now let me go and read your list of poems xoxoxooxox PD

    A  Avatar Poet Destroyer A Date: 4/10/2014 11:11:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    :) Linda
    Bordner Avatar Justin Bordner Date: 7/22/2012 11:16:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    A Matriarch, thank you for nurturing;it is a thrill to know you- J.A.B.
  1. Date: 7/21/2012 5:03:00 AM

    Amazing imagery, Justin! Brings to mind Auguste Rodin's, "The Thinker", for I'm sure his thoughts had followed along the same planes as yourself. Profound, intriguing; quiet thoughts we can integrate to share on a daily basis. Love this write! Best wishes, Mikki

    Bordner Avatar Justin Bordner Date: 7/22/2012 11:17:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I love statuary Mikki,so this awesome compliment makes me do leaps - thanks for caring again- J.A.B.
  1. Date: 7/20/2012 2:45:00 PM

    Tsunami. Well done. Brenda Atry

    Bordner Avatar Justin Bordner Date: 7/20/2012 11:23:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Some of my work is immense;I will be modifying the formats so to produce a better visual,and thus cognitive flow - I thank you for your attention - I am captivated by your avatar - J.A.B.
  1. Date: 7/20/2012 2:29:00 AM

    Nicely done Justin. I love they way you've described justice as a blacksmith - in the end we all seek retribution or redemption but are reluctant to bear the consequences.

    Bordner Avatar Justin Bordner Date: 7/20/2012 11:29:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes, akin to wanting liberty without being inclined to develop our strengths - I'm very glad that you relished the metaphors - your encouragement is valued,thanks - J.A.B.
  1. Date: 7/19/2012 6:41:00 PM

    Enjoyed your poetry Justin, looking forward to reading more from you, have a great evening and welcome here at soup, I hope you will enjoy the companionship of like minds, xxxvie

    Bordner Avatar Justin Bordner Date: 7/20/2012 11:32:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you so musc Vie - I know now that this community is a place where I can receive long lasting inspiration - I am eager to learn here,with you all - J.A.B.
  1. Date: 7/19/2012 4:37:00 PM

    this is a very unusual poem, Justin. I see you really are a thinker. MAybe this is an example of the form we call Didactic? I think it is not free verse, it's like a teaching poem. As they say, Karma is a bitch, and I love the way you described Providence in that third stanza from the bottom! WElcome to the club. Andrea

    Bordner Avatar Justin Bordner Date: 7/19/2012 4:50:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you,Andrea your insight is very valuable for me - I believe you are correct regarding the stlye of this composition - you graciously give to me meaningful compliment;describing this work as " a teaching poem " I appreciate your raw candor - J.A.B.
  1. Date: 7/19/2012 3:41:00 PM

    thank you for your hospitality - I am seeking Truth -

  1. Date: 7/19/2012 12:45:00 PM

    welcome to poetrysoup. interesting peice.