We will not sell, or
deny, or delay right or
justice to any-
Confused as to what you’re reading?
Clause 40 is one of the most referred to clauses in Magna Carta:
‘We will not sell, or deny, or delay right or justice to anyone’. The foundation of the US Bill of Rights and our Human Rights Act, it also happens to be the shortest clause of Magna Carta. Realising it was one syllable over the haiku syllable count (5-7-5), I chopped off the last syllable in anyone and replaced it with a long dash. I did this to create the idea of the clause (and its ideology) being severed, stopped before its end – in line with our current government’s denial of justice for people inhumanely abused in detention centres like Yarl’s Wood, or families of people wrongfully assaulted (and sometimes killed) by police, still awaiting justice.
What statements would you like to haiku-ise to subvert their meaning and critically engage with the subject matter?