there is some confusion
on what it means today

some are of the persuasion
it is of the equation
do unto others as you would
have them do unto you

in the extreme sense
an eye for an eye
a tooth for a tooth
extremely punitive
where’s the proof
that this is justice?

retribution can also be
the nemesis we often see
our shadow side
and is it pride
that has us look the other way
not recognizing we’ve come to play?

reflecting and rejecting
owning and disowning
embracing and displacing
sparring and debarring –
the game of renewal
must have our approval

to fully participate
we must let go of the antiquate
question retributive justice
explore restore-ative and
transform-ative ways
to bring balance and understanding
into our plays

gagi      03/02/14