Show only what elevates and
discard the real.

Tell others how to live, but
call it “leading by example”.
Coach a life,
whatever that means.

Be the envy;
picturesque products of our
wants and desire.

Hide the snot, and
shit, and
refuse of
who you are;
spew the aesthetic
you would have others

Sell yourself, and a
life; if only there was a
Devil to take your soul, but
even he would balk
at your narcissism.

by Erik Shinker


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

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

Their passion is
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

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

When did empathy,
humanity, and
become weakness?

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

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

by Erik Shinker