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Poem - Ourselves

A Tumblr posting by emilyloisrose (https://emilyloisrose.tumblr.com/post/150945655019/heres-the-thing-about-evil-evil-is-not-a-person) inspired me to write the poem “Ourselves”. To paraphrase the inspiration, “Here’s the thing about evil; evil is not a person, it is an idea. – Fear of a vessel seems pointless, when we should not fear the person, but the idea.”. This aligns with my experience of evil both within and without of myself.


Ourselves

Born of selfish needs and deeds
crisis cast unto the masses
survival spurs life in peril
the end result is evil’s burden
if you wonder what is the source
consider where the bane resides
then look to the whole of man
the threads are there to intercept

there is a seed in far past
malice found in history
promoted by the wheel of time
until it finds fresh earth in the now
there it finds the fresh recruits
by temperament or hard abuse
look not to the past and you’ll find
this is the harvest of the worst

seek not the hands from beyond
humanity is sufficient unto itself
to wreck the lives of other ones
with drive to draw the end result
to rationalize is the means
this requires no demon’s bless
the end result of ancestral strife
is enough to fill the heart

fear of vessels is astute
though limited in foresight
protection can turn on itself
goading the thing sought to elude
in this we find ourselves
selfishness bred to lower ends
humanity put to vessels vile
when in the end it is ourselves.

2016, Sean Green. All Rights Reserved, 20161004.
Tags: evil, humanity, poem
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