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Complicity 

03/26/2017

You are complicit in the suffering of others. 

If you think that “complicit” is too strong, 

then perhaps you will admit you acquiesce 

to a state of affairs that permits,

and even actively produces, suffering. 

And you acquiesce not because 

of some principled stance

or tacit agreement, but because:

it is simply easier to look the other way. 

You make the error 

of permitting suffering 

because you think it is too vast, 

because you think

a moment’s caress of a cheek

or a warm glance into the eyes of pain

will change nothing. 

You permit suffering – 

you avert your gaze – 

because you fear, 

and are ashamed of, 

your impotence. 

You avert your eyes

from what is. 

And, so, instead of venturing

a small kindness to stranger, 

each one in concert with others

remaking the world

from the ground up,

suffering continues on and on. 

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3 Comments
  1. complico :

    kindness

    in a poem

    extended

    to the

    cold

    seemingly

    endless,

    there

    is a

    night star.

  2. Gwen Williams permalink

    Love this. It really hits home for me. I hope you don’t mind if I post this to others – Gwen

    On Sun, Mar 26, 2017 at 2:03 AM, Falling Apples wrote:

    > martinappletree posted: “You are complicit in the suffering of others. If > you think that “complicit” is too strong, then perhaps you will admit you > acquiesce to a state of affairs that permits, and even actively produces, > suffering. And you acquiesce n” >

    • Thank you for your kind and encouraging words, Gwen, and please feel free to share it as you see fit. Hope all is well with you . . .

      Best,
      Martin

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