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"Un-Understand," 1/8/2017-1/10/2017

Un-Understand
by Christopher Walsh, 1/8/2017-1/10/2017



To un-understand:
To un-know, to block the lessons others learned
And tried to share; to ignore and shun
Any knowledge beyond you
As if empathy is a burr to pluck and step past —
To insist and demand
------to see what is to you, at best, blurred
When that view is from anyone not-you,
An Other-View to dismiss, and another, and another,
An Other-View you quietly wish were banished and banned,
To un-affect you.

It is easy to Not.
It is easy to Un-.
It is easy not to care that caring's left undone, or never-done
And for that un-care to recur
("And, and, and," you bark at all attempts to reach for attention and care)
Until caring for still less is evermore easier.
...sometimes what is wrong, is easier.

Empathy is not a thing to withstand.
It is not a thing to attack.
It does not command: when empathy has begun, it is
A guide that asks you,
Quietly,
To understand.

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chris_walsh
Jan. 12th, 2017 06:25 pm (UTC)
I wrote about making this poem here: http://chris-walsh.livejournal.com/1909645.html
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