Blind, Deaf Commitment

Written for:  Poets United Midweek Motif~Commitment

“Blind commitment to a theory is not an intellectual virtue: it is an intellectual crime.”—Imre Lakatos

For unity we must commit
to him, they say, while knowing
his temperament does not fit.
On what path will he be going?

They give their support; they must not hear
spewed words of bigotry and conceit.
Changeable as skies, playing on fear;
we thought his views were obsolete.

Scare tactics, lies, and rudeness unmatched,
excused to have the party united.
Allowing that door to be unlatched
will loose a madman. Whom have you spited?

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I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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21 Responses to Blind, Deaf Commitment

  1. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    Sobering thoughts. Some commitments might be best let go for the sake of deeper values.

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  2. Susan Chast says:

    It boggles my mind to see so many committed to his views.

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  3. Sumana Roy says:

    an excellent poem with a view to the quote…

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  4. oldegg says:

    The only commitment of any politician is to serve all the people not just those that voted for them…but what chance of that?

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  5. Amit Agarwal says:

    Wonderfully written!

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  6. Sherry Marr says:

    I so agree. Sigh. I can’t believe it is happening.

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  7. I feel like we are in Oz with our politics these days – can we just get back to Kansas

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  8. Jae Rose says:

    I love the quote – so cleverly and succinctly expanded – we can only hope truth and justice prevail..and he is but a test to our commitment to that..

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  9. Mary says:

    Ah, you wrote about the same person I did. Why don’t those who follow so blindly see the light! Where is their intelligence hiding!

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  10. Myrna Rosa says:

    Like most, I don’t understand how/why there is such support for bigotry. And it’s so true what you say, the commitment to a party does not supersede committment to what’s right.

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  11. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    Such a wise and sobering write..! 🙂

    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

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  12. Mike Bayles says:

    Great poem. It is very timely.

    Mike

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  13. hypercryptical says:

    A sobering write indeed. Sadly it appears many madmen hold positions of ‘authority’…
    Anna :o]

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  14. ghostom says:

    Nice write! Ha, I wrote this a year ago …Is America becoming a precarious house of cards? Playing the hand we’re dealt, we try to do what suits us. If we run out of hearts (or diamonds) do we have to play Trump? 🙂
    —.
    6/18/2015 Tom Puszewski

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  15. The lack of choices is unnerving. Well done, Sara.

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