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The Old Justice Is Dead

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The old justice is dead, and lost to time
Where once in the hausman it chanted at night
Amidst broken betel nut and waft of lime
Spoken in a chanted glow of embers’ light

Burnt and buried, the old justice of the past
Where balance and order were societal norm
Calling upon ancestors and act not in haste
To pass judgement from man’s earthly worm

No more calling of ancestors, but devil's chime
No more juries of aged but nightly flight
While masked in shifting forms hidden from time
Where nature obeys to man's spoken might

Now a darker flame in the hausman is cast
Every fear of night like an advancing storm
A new order of scheming, blood and fast
Twisting the old justice far from its form


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