Thinking About the Bill of Rights


Thinking about the Bill of Rights is quite confusing,

Running together the black letter of the text,

With James Madisonís bright, sharp mind.

And greater confusion:

With the structure of the Foundersí very lives.


It is confusing to think about the Bill of Rights:

What does it mean? 

Does it mean anything?

Or is it just a piece of history,

Like Foundersí wigs, or their snuff boxes,


Thinking about the Bill of Rights is immensely instructive.

Our thoughts hold the text, but

We must also not let go of Madisonís mind,

Of the Foundersí minds,

With all their confusing brightness and sharpness.


--May 25, 2013