three hundred years old /
and the fruit is still rotting – /
blood on the pavement //
Written for Haiku Horizons, where our prompt word was “justice”. My poem, however is about injustice. American “Stand Your Ground” laws are being used to “justify” outright murder – and a disproportionate number of cases involves whites who feel “threatened” by minorities. Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law is controversial – and outright reckless – in that “threatened” people don’t need to show that they attempted to remove themselves from a dangerous situation. Shoot first, ask questions later.