cherrypickaxe

by cwviderkull

Conditional empathy
is an act
of oppression.

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Naked Still before the World I Stand

Call me naive.
Call me a hopeless dreamer.
Call me a stubborn product
of a childhood in the nineties,

flimsy and irrelevant
to the world as is.

We were born into the world
as naked as our emperors,
standing on the shoulders
of giant fairies
looking far
towards a future
that would never come.

Forgive us
for we share not
your cynicism,
at least not in our hearts,

and we still believe
in the
naked and complicated
beauty of a snowflake
rather than the
simple and comfortable
sizeable power
of a snowball.

Relay

My grandmother turns the television off
whenever it shows
people
sad and suffering.

Says she can’t stand to think about
all the evil in the world.

Says she only wants to see
happy people laughing.

That’s alright grandma.
You’ve earned the right.
You’ve lived for damn near a century,
through wars,
and kept four generations of family together.
Remember when we all got together
to celebrate your ninetieth?
That was rather special.
It’s not your fault
we’re all falling
off and out and apart
now.

I wish you wouldn’t worry about it,
and I don’t have the heart
to remind you
that
the laughter of the happy ones
are dancing on the
broken backs of the
tears of the
sad ones.

I’ll carry the burden
of that knowledge
for you
now.