Evil is not a monstrous force
Dwelling in fire and brimstone,
But a stuttering and faulty thought
Haywire with our morning coffee.
We fan it to life with opinions
We repeat from the hourly news,
We give it wings with our thwarted frustration
At the endless grind each and every day
For a better life.
Evil is a confluence –
A spinning whirlpool of chance events
Draws it in from all corners,
And we cry and point and say how could this be?
Blind to the tipping points we carelessly tread on
When we forget-
Compassion, courtesy
Awareness of ourselves and those around us,
There is really nothing we can do
About gun-men in America,
So let’s all relax
And let that next car pull out when he signals,
Wave back at the child in the park,
And not try so hard with words and frowns
To make the world a better place,
For we’ve already done so
By being our normal, sane selves

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Pat Cegan
    May 05, 2011 @ 23:24:12

    Ah, evil, such a complex subject. I used to think there was no such thing as evil, only men and women creating it. But having worked as a volunteer in situations where there was a total disregard for life, violence, etc., I experienced the presence of evil in a very different way. My “white bread, no crust” background did not prepare me for my exposure to evil with a big E. Good that you write about evil. We need to call its name in as many ways as possible. I am liking your blog more and more. pat


    • mbwilliams
      May 08, 2011 @ 18:19:00

      I certainly do not have the kind of hands on experience that you do, but as someone that has learned to defend himself from physical attack, it helps to understand that violent or ‘evil’ people have all become that way for a reason, and we can all learn from that lest we become like them. This also applies to the less extreme example of keeping a positive rather than negative mind set.


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