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

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,
To understand.

© Christopher Walsh, 2017. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Christopher Walsh (chris_walsh) with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.



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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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