All around me is pain and suffering
all within me is empathy and sorrow
For the world at large…
And for myself…
And my inability to get involved.
I see people all around me, throwing down their gauntlets
while others eagerly pick them up.
I hear statements like “I can’t keep silent anymore,”
and “it’s time for me to speak up.”
But now is not my time to speak,
or so I have been told;
rather I must watch and witness
while reality unfolds.
I have already been tested, and tried
and chosen my side,
and now is time for others to face their own struggles,
to do what they are compelled to try.
People accuse me of being cowardly,
callous and indifferent,
but none of that is true.
I hurt with the world…
I boil with rage…
I bleed with the dying…
And mourn with survivors…
But I have found my truth, and
I know what I must do:
I must hold the course,
keep steady and steadfast on my path,
no matter what chaos ensues.
And I must remain detached,
no matter how difficult that proves.
For there are countless others now,
facing this crucible,
and it is their right and their time to choose,
without my influence…
So if this message resonates with you,
please take it to heart,
for it is as much as I am now “permitted” to do…
And if it does not, please disregard,
and carry on with what you know you must do.
But know that you are not alone,
whichever path you walk today.
And know, also, at this time,
that Silence does not always equate with apathy…