Who Decides?

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub - Poetics:  The good and the evil
(posted by Punam)

"Write about good and evil! Let’s not make it good vs evil or black vs white, let’s write about mere mortals and about the good in the evil or the evil in the good. You need not write about the triumph of good as it seems like a fable in these times."

If an inherently good
person is pushed
to their limit,
and rage overpowers
sense, are they,
for that moment,


About purplepeninportland

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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12 Responses to Who Decides?

  1. Helen says:

    You have posed an intriguing question …. I do not believe a person pushed to his/her limit is inherently evil. That person needs help, support and hopefully gets it.


  2. VJ says:

    Interestingly enough, I have found that some of the sweetest people can be quite evil…..


  3. Sadje says:

    Temporary in culpability.

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  4. Kathleen says:

    Nope, just out of control for a little bit !!


  5. dorahak says:

    A well-posed question, scary too, to be honest, because what mortal however good (relatively speaking) has a limitless supply of patience and the consequences of a single moment of rage can be unalterable.

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