Poem: The Queen of Brooklyn—R.B.G. (1933–2020)

She was the queen of Brooklyn
although she wore no gold crown
except in the public’s imagination
and on t-shirts. Instead
her apparel of choice was
a white frilly lace collar
that framed her black judicial robe.
Her dissenting collar
she called it
and she wore it with pride
like an ancient warrior
a modern-day Boudica
prepping for war.

She dissented
in the name of justice
in the name of fairness
in the name of equality
for you, for me, for everyone.

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