Mary Abuamsha is a current undergraduate student at Ursuline College, where she participated in Professor Katharine Trostel’s EN 288 class (“From Rustbelt to Revival: Exploring the Legacy of Segregation, Inequality, and Social Justice through the Lens of the Anisfield-Wolf Canon”) during the Spring 2021 semester.

Her poem, “Justice,” was inspired by Tracy K. Smith’s poem, “Declaration,” from her book Wade in the Water.


By Mary Abuamsha


All men are created equal.

While evils are sufferable,

he refused to assent.

Murders they commit

destroyed our people.

Executioners by their hands.

The voice of justice

solemnly publish and declare.

Totally dissolved peace and honor.

Absolute Tyranny.

Depriving us.


Unworthy of a civilized nation.

Excited to bring destruction

of a Tyrant

unfit to be a ruler of a free people.