Nine, Five, Four 2015
Nine wise, black-robed, sequestered scions
With one voice: Law.
Speaking with brave equivocation
For this now's people
with forebears' words:
Compromising, a tenuous whole,
Split along old faults,
Jurisprudentially bound by rule:
Accounting to God,
Channeling precedent, common claims
Bravely banishing uncertainty
With spliced nuance.
Six men, three women, four liberals,
Six Roman Catholics,
Four New Yorkers,
Italian-Americans, three Jews
More summed than whole.
Holding a polished, law-honed mirror,
One court, one Land,
One live, heart-beating Constitution,
One deciding vote,
Balancing justice and humans' rights,
Truth and tradition:
Science and faith.
Solved: “No union is more profound than
“Two people be-
Come something greater than they once were.”
And yet "Federalism,"
Conjuring Blackstone and Solomon
Burke, Locke, Marshalls both,
Admitting, tacitly the failures,
Nine patriots, Americans all,