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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,poverty 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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Date: 11/14/2016 6:57:00 PM
This verse is a masterpiece and extremely invigorating. (: I am in awe basically! What a victorious and surreal poem. -JWE ~a well-made poem that earns a 7/7
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Justin Bordner
Date: 11/17/2016 1:08:00 PM
Karma is always well made Poet...to invigorate fellow poets is an honor JW....J.A.B.
Date: 5/20/2015 8:42:00 PM
Enthralled by this profound write, Justin. A well-thought out write for your first post. I see now why people go and read the first submissions. It certainly provides a glimpse from where he started his poetic journey since the time he started with this platform. However, I see that yours does not read like a newbie...your poetry already resounded with a distinct voice. I love your passion for what is ideal. PS.Thank you for the HM. I've read the winning pieces and they are truly deserving.Kim
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Justin Bordner
Date: 5/22/2015 8:41:00 PM
My quill is very ancient, the spirit of my ink electric my lovely Kim...the Ideal is alive in you and I because we love all that is natural in expression...you are very graceful Poetess, your poem is very positive and beautiful, and your encouragement has come at a time that I needed it most, thank you Kim...J.A.B.
Date: 9/1/2014 8:57:00 PM
I see Justin that you have been a Souper since July 19, 2012. I have enjoyed your first submitted poem on Poetry Soup. The moral of intelligence it teaches, which is a deciphering worth partaking. Sending a smile and a hug, Verlena.
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Justin Bordner
Date: 9/2/2014 9:03:00 PM
I like this Kingdom very much Verlena. I love sharing my metaphysical poetry with great and spiritual minds such as yours proves to be. We receive not more or less than what is our due...J.A.B.
Date: 7/8/2014 1:38:00 PM
Ooooooo.......Mmmmm....I love your unbridled flow and lyric Casarah. This is serious crave and ecstacy. WOW Art. J.A.B.
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Date: 7/3/2014 7:42:00 PM
This was smart, well thought and planned, and precise in every word, I am pleased to read it, this says so much to life, the harmony and discord of it. Many wise statements spoken, great very great.
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Date: 7/4/2014 1:47:00 AM
It is symbolically significant to me that you chose to make such a warm and sincere commrnt on the very first poem that I posted in this marvelous community Casarah. You are a beautiful Mother, with a beautiful name, and a special heart. This poem is all about respecting the infallible Balance, Justice of the Cosmos we participate in Casarah. I thank you with excitement. J.A.B.
Date: 4/10/2014 11:12:00 PM
Hi Justin, stopping by to say hi... and good night.... Linda
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Justin Bordner
Date: 4/11/2014 2:48:00 PM
Thanks Linda, standing tall in the warmth and burn of unpredictable sunshine. J.A.B.
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
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Justin Bordner
Date: 3/19/2014 1:34:00 PM
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.
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.....
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Date: 10/11/2012 9:47:00 PM
I greatly appreciate your respect Harry - few people take the time to understand, and enjoy justice - J.A.B. %
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
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Date: 8/28/2012 11:20:00 PM
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. %
Date: 8/22/2012 9:41:00 AM
Congratulations on your poetry being featured this week Justin. Love, Carol
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Justin Bordner
Date: 8/24/2012 9:07:00 PM
Thank You Carol, your visits are always sweet - J.A.B.
Date: 8/20/2012 8:24:00 PM
Amazing poem. Enough said. The last line wrapped it all perfectly together. Always, Laura
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Justin Bordner
Date: 8/21/2012 7:49:00 PM
Thanks Laura, it seems that justice always gives and takes just the right amount - thanks for your love my friend! J.A.B.
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
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Justin Bordner
Date: 8/21/2012 7:46:00 PM
Yes Sara, justice isn't always nice, but it can be kind - I thank you for the respectful comment Sara - J.A.B.
Date: 8/8/2012 10:30:00 AM
a dark write! your title hooked me and you reeled me in :)
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Justin Bordner
Date: 8/9/2012 9:19:00 PM
Justice isn't always nice Susan,but it is always fair -So glad I know you! Thanks - J.A.B.
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
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Justin Bordner
Date: 8/9/2012 9:20:00 PM
I have absolute faith in cosmic justice too - Thanks - J.A.B.
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
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Justin Bordner
Date: 7/22/2012 11:09:00 AM
We have much wisdom to share P.D. I am grateful -
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
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Date: 4/10/2014 11:11:00 PM
:) Linda
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Justin Bordner
Date: 7/22/2012 11:16:00 AM
A Matriarch, thank you for nurturing;it is a thrill to know you- J.A.B.
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
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Justin Bordner
Date: 7/22/2012 11:17:00 AM
I love statuary Mikki,so this awesome compliment makes me do leaps - thanks for caring again- J.A.B.
Date: 7/20/2012 2:45:00 PM
Tsunami. Well done. Brenda Atry
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Justin Bordner
Date: 7/20/2012 11:23:00 PM
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.
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.
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Justin Bordner
Date: 7/20/2012 11:29:00 PM
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.
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
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Justin Bordner
Date: 7/19/2012 4:50:00 PM
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.
Date: 7/19/2012 3:41:00 PM
thank you for your hospitality - I am seeking Truth -
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Date: 2/7/2020 7:37:00 AM
ain't we all...
Date: 7/19/2012 12:45:00 PM
welcome to poetrysoup. interesting peice.
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