Just Another Day, It Seems

In between
This, that
and the other
Lies
A common ground
Unseen, distorted
Misunderstood
Through a lens
Of pseudo-virtue
Good intentions
Driven by fear
And void
Of tolerance

Compassion
Is the greatest test
Of your life's worth
And if from your
Moral high ground
You take it
Upon yourself
To label
Certain people
Unworthy
Of your compassion
Then that is a test
You will fail

Do not mistake
My silence
For indifference
My path
Is not yours
Your lies
Will never
Be my truth
Your intolerance
Will never
Be my way

If you weren't
So blind
With anger
You would see
That high ground
Which you
March upon
So proudly
Is about
To open up
And swallow
Everything
You claim to
Stand for


From my latest poetry collection, Left Waiting, available in eBook or paperback from Amazon.

72 comments

  1. Superb message, River. As a mother of an autistic child, I’ve had years of intolerance and haughtiness from judgemental people who have no idea what they’re actually judging. It’s a tough world for those outside the norm, so I love this poem that shines a light on a better way. I hope people learn from it. 🙂

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      1. Then I shall.

        1. Not saying anything/remaining silent is a balancing act. You might not want to get involved, and while you know you don’t necessarily agree with someone, it does not allow others to see that. Sometimes something needs to be said for people to pause and think and for things to potentially change. Of course, I agree that there is time and place for everything.

        2. Regarding the moral high ground, because it’s something I’ve been discussion with another blogger for the past day or so:
        We all have different experiences, which make us see things differently. Sometimes it’s right, sometimes it’s wrong, sometimes it’s just different. What is real to me does not have to apply to you and vice versa. Hence, if you think someone is on their high horse, they might not see it that way. They might think they are just sharing their opinion and experience. You have the ability to share yours. But why knock them off that horse? The horse can only exist in the perceiver’s mind. And that, in turn, can stall debate. Those perceptions of another human being standing on a soap box causes resentment. We hate to feel lower than others (horse, high ground, soapbox), so we try to knock them down. But sometimes I’d recommend just stopping and chatting with them. You might agree, you might disagree, but there is a chance that you will end the conversation on an equal footing, despite the outcome.

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      2. 1. I totally agree with your first point. What I was getting at in this piece is that people shouldn’t assume that just because I am not directly addressing something or “taking a side” than I am in support of the side they feel I should be speaking out against. That is lazy thinking and trying to use manipulation to shame someone into supporting their agenda. This is in reference to the fact I have received more than one communication from people who have told me that as a writer, I have a social responsibility to speak out against certain things. I don’t have a responsibility to anyone or anything. I will write whatever I feel like writing. If I ever have the drive to write something political, then I will. If I don’t, then I won’t. Simple as that.

        2. Again, I agree with what you outline in #2. What I am referring to is when people use their definition of morality to justify their lack of compassion and demonization of other people. The whole mindset that if you don’t think exactly the way I do, then you are a bad person. It’s labeling and dehumanizing people who think differently than you to push one’s own agenda. I don’t like that. It can be difficult to dismiss a human being, but dismissing a label, well, that’s a lot easier. I see people being reduced from an individual to merely a member of a group. And if that group has been identified, based on your moral high ground as immoral/evil, then you can justifiably do whatever you want to do to that “person”. Similar to what you said, we have to be willing and open to listening to people who’s opinions differ from ours.

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