There was sun today and serpents,
toiling in the earth
and walking though dew-wet grass.
There was hope in brilliant skies
and a half-promise of tomorrow.

There is no luck or merit
in this calm procession of life;
I keep to the shadows,
drawing no fire,
unlike those not afraid to speak,
who point out the way of light.

No luck or virtue in survival,
only the fear of being noticed
and marked down for the dark.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

12 thoughts on “Shame”

      1. It maybe didn’t make the news in your part of the world but on Friday a school teacher was decapitated by a Muslim vigilante because he had dared to try and teach his precious charges about freedom of expression. The teacher had been denounced by a group of parents (guess which) for racism, islamophobia, blasphemy etc etc and the education administration had told him to stop teaching what might offend Muslim sensibilities otherwise he would be sanctioned. Hypocrisy, and supine submission to the diktats of obscurantists.

      2. It did make the news here but I didn’t link the poem to that event. One sees or reads where one is at, in other words, a very subjective insight. It is of course terrible. Freedom of expression is very different to the freedom to practice (any) religion.

      3. It could be read to apply to lots of things, it’s true. There is going to be big trouble over this. The anger is getting focused and it’s on the associations, political and social movements that have been screaming facho and racist at anyone who disagrees with the diktats of Islam. I’ve never understood how the left has managed to get itself entangled with the obscurantists, defending the indefensible, but the fact is, they have, and the extreme right are going to have a field day.

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