It ain’t ‘immoral’ ’til you say it is
nor ‘bad’ ’til someone makes the claim.
A sniper’s bullet saves his troops.
A lie for the innocent is rarely a shame.
It ain’t ‘ungodly’ ’til you ring it out
and the choir sings along
while the pastor’s daughter dances
and slams another one down.
‘Unethical’ has lofty tones,
of wisdom and clear insight.
But it’s still just a ploy for you to say,
‘I demand! You’ve got no right!’
Language, like Shem’s garment
covers our nakedness and hides our face.
Our values are hard fought agreements
delicate as any fine vase.
- “Shem’s garment” see Genesis 9:23 : Where the passage’s writer spins a deadly metaphor to declare the superiority of the Jews over their neighbor Canaanites: a verse which would be used as a racist tool for centuries.
- Process: In the comment section of another poetry site, a young, bright poet declared plastic surgery “unethical”. Rather than respond then and there, I am using poetry to voice my concerns.
- Prompt: Posted both on Poetry Pantry.
- Photo: source, but TinEye.com seems to show here as its actual source. Sorry, I’m not sure about the ethical use of photos. 😉