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Mercy

She is the pretty twin -
the faithful rhapsodise about her beauty -
and yet the less beloved.
Rarely does she know a man's embrace.

As cold as she may be,
her sister Justice has lovers in droves.
She goes out every night. She cannot see,
so Mercy helps her to put on her dress
and do her hair, more like a lady's maid
than like a sister.

She doesn't mind, much,
or at least she can forgive -
she does it out of love. She almost understands:
maybe it's the blindfold. Even the ugly know
they won't be turned away.

Maybe it's the sword
and the scales: something to hold
and something to believe in;
something to offer beyond open hands
and a willing flank.
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