As a child, I have experienced injustices in the hands of many individuals who have sworn an oath to protect the dignity of every Filipino. I cannot fight. Enduring the suffering, not only me but also the many individuals who have the same experience is the only thing I can be sure of. Growing up, I have seen poor and weak people being mistreated by evils cloaked as men. As I write this sonnet, I have nothing in mind but this reality and the hope that the tomorrow will bring peace to the oppressed and rebirth to the oppressor.
Sonnet 0321: Justice, Serve Me Well
Justice, serve me well; treat me as a man
My plea is but a shelter in the rain,
The crime to be poor is what I have done.
Bear me witness, one who have borne my pain,
If I have to be judged, please just be fair
That I may not pay what I haven't owed,
And suffer like a lamb in lion's lair
While the culprits rejoice in their abode!
Justice, serve me well; test my pure of heart
Like you do to a kin with house of glass!
So, the ground stay even and not apart
With this I say, their words are but a crass
Cursed to harm and afflict the innocence
Of men who cannot fight the violence!
© 2020 Jimmy Bio Jr
Jimmy Bio Jr (author) from Tabaco City, Albay, Philippines on May 05, 2020:
Thank you so much for your generous remarks. I am grateful!
Jimmy Bio Jr (author) from Tabaco City, Albay, Philippines on May 04, 2020:
I am elated with your good remarks, Ms Lorna. Thank you for bearing with my humble writings.
Lorna Lamon on May 04, 2020:
I could sense the pain and suffering within these lines, and yet there is a quiet dignity to your words as you speak your truth. A poignant sonnet, beautifully written Jimmy.
Jimmy Bio Jr (author) from Tabaco City, Albay, Philippines on May 03, 2020:
I'm at loss for words, John. Thank youu.
John Hansen from Gondwana Land on May 03, 2020:
A good sonnet, Jimmy, with a clear message. Nice work.