Rather Than Justice

Georgette was upset,
she had no access to the Internet.
And have you heard that minaret,
the word, it comes from Arabic
manāra, for lighthouse, on top of a mosque, manāra, just like a menorah — the Torah
recounts how when Moses was lost
with a flock
a voice called to him from a fiery bush:
hey Moses, take your sandals off;
the law shall not be as stiff as a staff
but lithe, as alive, as a serpent, alright?
the law of the rod is a fraud, said the light.
The pharaohs’ authority’s total absurdity.
Force is its own refutation.
Go tell them.
But, wouldn’t you know, it got lost
in translation.
And rather than justice they just got religion

Elliot Sperber is a writer, attorney, and adjunct professor. He lives in New York City and can be reached at elliot.sperber@gmail.com and on twitter @elliot_sperber