Guest poem sent in by Mike Lynd
(Poem #1392) The Law the Lawyers Know About
The law the lawyers know about Is property and land; But why the leaves are on the trees, And why the wind disturbs the seas, Why honey is the food of bees, Why horses have such tender knees, Why winters come and rivers freeze, Why Faith is more than what one sees, And Hope survives the worst disease, And Charity is more than these, They do not understand.
To pick up on the 'hope' theme of the Emily Dickinson poem [Poem #1382], here is a little poem that I have always liked. Not only does it bash lawyers in a most satisfying way, but it also delineates faith, hope and charity both elegantly and succinctly. I am not sure about the "tender knees" line but the rest of the poem neatly contrasts the prosaic doings of lawyers with the mysteries of life and nature. HDC Pepler, the author, seems to have been a printer in Ditchling, Sussex during the 1930s, and a Google search reveals about 25 references to him, mainly as a printer of "private press" works but also with a few references to this poem. best wishes, Mike Lynd