Do Not Close Your Eyes


Inspired by recent global and personal events:

Do not shut your eyes
Or act with feigned surprise
Do not cloud your vision
To the false inquisition
And the spectacle that can be made
When lies abound and the truth doth fade
The results galling
Simply appalling

Do not mute your voice
Not a simple choice
Speak and speak again
But be careful when.
Speak not just simply simple words
Or the indistinct, massed voices of the herds
But your individual, sonorous timbre
Well-chosen phrases, flowing like amber
Having meaning
Infused with deep feeling

And do not shut your ears
To our untold and secret fears
And those of all and sundry
Of all the poor and hungry
In all their unimaginable forms
But most of all to injustice and so-called norms
Of questionable practices
However tangled the lattices
And the inviting webs we weave
So that we deceive
Do not be complicit
Or secretly implicit
Be open and true
So I do not misjudge you

But if, alas and alack
You must turn off, turn away, turn back
Then, for pity’s sake
One mistake you should not make
Do not shut your heart
For although we may stand apart
For now
I will not bow
Or turn the other cheek
Even if the coming days, and months and years are bleak
For there will be time for reconciliation
When darkness has signalled its capitulation
And we can look at the dawn anew
When I am free to be with you.

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About TI

TI is based in Auckland, New Zealand. TI's somewhat eclectic interests include (but are certainly not limited to) legal humour (the law can be funny), good wine, the search for the best possible chocolate, alcoholic beverages, travel, commercial aircraft, photography, weird news stories and classical music.
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