September 2020 by Norma S. Tucker
Have they no shame?
A paragon has left us.
Give the people
the time to mourn
Couldn’t they wait till HER encased body
took leave of the elegance of the Court
where she served with rigor
for the people?
The first HER to lie in state.
Senators sworn to uphold
rights and privileges, use their power,
their arrogance, to intimidate
to name HER replacement.
Senators whose oratory once spoke of process
now agree only
to wiles and oneness
What’s it really about? I’ll tell you.
Two women senators disagree with the lot.
Is it to follow recent precedent of the nominee
to the Court, the one never heard,
their hard-won rights in danger by those
of wiles and oneness? How tenuous is our lives!
I’d like to admire a woman judge, mother of seven
in this contest. We women can do it all
with access and resources
not with parochial views, decisions
bent to church, not state.
Give us room. Not just the delivery room.
Let us have the room
to mourn HER,
HER last wish.