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You have to ask yourself if It's more worth being good or having fun.
I know what I've chosen!

Don't try to be Black Atlas

June 2, 2020

shirk your sense of responsibility.
leave your guilt at the door of progress
here's a rack inside, just hang it up.
you are not holding the world together.
you are not stopping the sky from crushing us.
the inevitable overcast of human fault
will only slip through your fingers, it is mist.
Walk with one hand on this cloud.
the hand that types your name where
X_ marks the spot on a petition.
the hand that saves and re-shares
writes, but does not wipe tears.
leave that to your other hand.
the one that makes yourself tea.
the one that turns on the TV
and changes the channel away from the news.
let this other hand tend to our fallen.
Let it be, not our raised fist in the cloud,
but the open palm of empathy we cling to.
this is not a moment of you but a movement of us.
no more backs must be broken pulling the heavy good nearer,
if we all, millions, tug with just one hand.


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  • black_and_red_ink

    Very powerful poem. I love the line "leave your guilt at the door of progress." This is a great message and I think it encourages readers to do a lot of deep instrospection.

    4 months ago
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    I’m so surprised that this poem hasn’t been seen by more people! Your stance on the issue is so hard-hitting and motivating. I love the line, ‘the inevitable overcast of human fault will only slip through your fingers, it is mist.’ We should stop feeling guilty and do something in the moment, because if not we’re just leaving this important matter to be forgotten like all other matters. Thank you so much for sharing!

    5 months ago