Digital Crusader

Outrage-by-proxy.
Decry unfairness in solidarity.
A pixelated sledgehammer to the
institutions which wrong us.

Share and retweet; echo in your chamber
to reiterate that which we already
believe to be true.
The computer chair demonstrator,
contributing nothing of consequence.

Would you even care whether you
made a difference?
Or are you simply patting yourself on the
back for brushing against the grain?

Careful; too much grit will cut open your
palms and stain your hands the same color of red.
It’s fashionable to question, only to
plug your ears
from the answer.

by Erik Shinker

Conviction

The other side
must
be wrong;
if not, then
how could we
be right?

Such sure, strong support
must be testament to
our correctness.

Their passion is
hypocritical,
not noticing the
paradoxes and double standards
in their own beliefs.

Our opposition tries to
bend facts to their aims,
in a bastardization of
the truths we hold to be
self-evident.

Two sides to
the same, divisive coin
with minuscule differences.
But that is not what
they
would have us believe.

When did empathy,
humanity, and
compassion
become weakness?

Have we become so
self-centered to believe that
what we want is
all that matters?

There are few things more
volatile
than a person of
blind conviction with
blessed belief
in their cause.

by Erik Shinker