On Tyranny

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takes thought
since being free
assumes responsibility
not merely for my own self
but for my community
not just my family
but my nation
my world

is thoughtless
since being bound
requires merely an assent
– a vassal’s acknowledgment
to his liege to do his will –
regardless himself
his own family
his world

It’s irony
if democracy
chooses tyranny
out of thoughtlessness
opting life in the gilded cage
over the soaring heights
where eagles dare
plying birthright
for pottage

“If we have become a people incapable
of thought, then the brute-thought
of mere power and mere greed
will think for us.” ~ Wendell Berry


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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4 Responses to On Tyranny

  1. Yes, timely on a personal not too. I was just thinking about freedom and tyranny yesterday as my uncle was, yet again, changing the words of what others told him to fit his own theory of the world. An angry atheist, he cannot accept when my aunt, for one, tells him she does good because of God in her life; but brashly counters with, “No, you do good because you are a good person…”

    Uncle, I tell him, replacing one’s voice, especially his/her convictions with your own voice is not only disrespect but it is the source of tyranny.

    May we listen, really listen, to why people do what they do.


  2. brilliantly presented – precisely why I cannot vote for either of them

    Liked by 1 person

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