by Breanna Lowman
What gives us the right
To choose to end ones life?
Who should get to decide
Whether the guilty live or die?
And what about the unguilty
The wrongly accused
Is a death sentence justice
Is that how it works?
Or would a chance at restoration
Be true justice in action?
Ya I've heard it said
An eye for an eye
A tooth for a tooth
But what does following that prove?
We get the chance to be the evil
That was first done to us
But becoming what we were hurt by
Does not make everything all right.
The hurt will not vanish
The evil will not be undone
We will just have added
To the story of violence being spun.
We can justify it with justice
We can say it's what they deserve
But life is not that simple
And full stories are often unheard.
May compassion be our strength
May love and kindness fight our battles
And create a world more at peace.