Inspired by a meme

I succumbed to that stupid meme in which you grab a book and post a line from page 56, and that led me to this poem, which I decided to post in its entirety rather than do the meme.

What Happens
by Erich Fried

It has happened
and it happens now as before
and will continue to happen
if nothing is done against it.

The innocent don’t know a thing about it
because they are too innocent
and the guilty don’t know a thing about it
because they’re too guilty.

The poor don’t take notice
because they’re too poor
and the rich don’t take notice
because they’re too rich.

The stupid shrug their shoulders
because they’re too stupid
and the clever shrug their shoulders
because they’re too clever.

It doesn’t bother the young
because they’re too young
and it doesn’t both the old
because they’re too old.

That’s why nothing is done against it
and that’s why it happened
and happens now as before
and will continue to happen.

…which sort of reminds me of the Tom Waits song I was listening to on my way to work this morning: “If there’s one thing you can say about mankind/There’s nothing kind about man/You can drive out nature with a pitchfork/But it always comes roaring back again.”

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~ by realsupergirl on September 26, 2008.

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