Poetic Side: Between Law and My Nature

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Bolaji-Ramos
Bolaji S. Ramos

I.

Approbation!

Reprobation!

Blowing hot and blowing cold!

Id ego!

Super ego!

Blowing hot and blowing cold!

Is it nature?

Or is nurture?

Blowing hot and blowing cold!

Let’s ask Sigmund

Or Lord Denning…

Blowing hot and blowing cold!

II.

I am the contentious child

In the kingly hands of Solomon:

Nature fights to have me!

Nurture fights to have me!

 

My first mother was my upbringing

And my second mother was law.

Will the Court of Solomon

Slice me into two for each mother

To have a share

Or will Themis scale me into two fifties

To give each mother an equal share to hold?

Nature fights to have me!

Nurture fights to have me!

 

I am my mothers’ son,

And in my solitary cradle

I have, on many occasions, sought

To reconcile my mothers’ differences.

But how can I play the mediator,

When one mother taught me

Not to call a dog a dingo,

And the other mother said

A dog can be called a dingo?

Still….

Nature fights to have me!

Nurture fights to have me!

III.

Natural justice!

Technical justice!

Blowing hot and blowing cold!

Social justice!

Legal justice!

Blowing hot and blowing cold!

Technical justice!

Equitable justice!

Blowing hot and blowing!

 

Since I became a lawyer,

I knew I had become a double barrel gun:

Myself by nature

And myself by design.

But where my two motherly equities go equal,

I sure will let the first in time prevail.

Bolaji Ramos, Esq.

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