“We Didn’t Know”

“We Didn’t Know”

The mind constructs compartments
sealing off brutal burdens
burying alive dark knowledge
from the light of change
and a fatal duty to act.

 Did we judge too harshly?

 Nightmare waking truth
huddles behind padlocked doors
horror’s ooze ordered by a stern will
soul finds anchor in unreality
unforgiving, hunted heart reveals itself
no secrets

 Have I judged too harshly?

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16 Responses to “We Didn’t Know”

  1. bluebee says:

    This chills to the bone. “horror’s ooze” cannot be stemmed. Time and again it is the denier’s undoing.

    Why, then, has “Never Again” proved to be an empty cry? We have Bosnia, Rwanda, etc.
    We learn little from history, it would seem.

  2. penpusherpen says:

    So much history, Monica, showing us what happens when humans take arms against each other, when even the basic ‘rules’ of war and humanitarian acts are disregarded, and atrocities become acceptable in the minds of those who are high on bloodlust and domination… WE didn’t know, becomes the cry….and then we judge…when it’s too late… Your words above strike a chord, and should strike a chord to all who see Wars as futile…for who can ever say they are the winners?
    So much bloodshed… and usually ’tis the innocent who pay the greatest price…… xPenx

    • Monica says:

      At least fewer of us view war as entertainment and occupation – not sure about that, but I hope that’s so. It’s the underlying fear and hate that I want to expunge, whether it’s directed at groups of people or animals. Signs of progress? — unclear. Appreciate this comment, Pen.

      • penpusherpen says:

        hate and fear breed from ignorance, Monica, and you would’ve thought in this modern age we would gain enough knowledge to be able to expunge it from our lives. But sadly, some want to hold on to the old ways of retaliation first, consider other options later!!

  3. giselzitrone says:

    Schöner Text wünsche dir einen schönen Tag.Gruß Gislinde

  4. Monica says:

    Danke sehr, Gislinde

  5. SandySays1 says:

    When one stands at an open pit filled with the skulls of those killed by man’s attempt to exterminate a race one sadly realizes that as horrible, contemptible and wasteful as war is it is sometimes unavoidable. The Geezer, my human, having born witness by seeing the aftermath in an excavated pit with 1000+ such skulls in it has to say never again.

  6. Kenny2dogs says:

    Hi Monica, Sandy is spot on !!! “war is sometimes unavoidable” it is true. We can “NEVER” end “WARS” they are just as much part of life as “PEACE” Sorry to say.

    • Monica says:

      Hi Kenny, Troubling but possibly very true. Perhaps when we have evolved into energy fields we will no longer feel the necessity. That’s probably not in this century. Humans as a species leave something to be desired, but you, my friend, are just right.

  7. gita4elamats says:

    Maybe, sometimes we don’t want to know…😦

  8. Gray Dawster says:

    Without the darker side of humanity there
    would not be the light to shatter the darkness…

    Have a lovely afternoon
    and evening Monica🙂 xxx

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