I Guess I’ll Look The Other Way

Dedicated to the victims of yesterday’s mass shooting at the Clackamas Town Center mall in Oregon.
I wish words were enough to make the violence go away.

I Guess I’ll Look The Other Way

Looking back (1398931280)

There are people running, screaming;
They’re scared, bleeding;
It’s not real, surreal;
I guess I’ll look the other way.

The sirens are flashing, beaming;
The police are herding, leading;
It’s just a game, blame;
I guess I’ll look the other way.

They said he had a mask, a task;
They said he wanted to hunt, to kill;
It’s his game, fame;
I guess I’ll look the other way.

Someone’s little girl didn’t go home, her home;
The doctors tried, she died;
It wasn’t her game, shame;
I guess I’ll look the other way.

It’s happened before, many more;
A theater, a school, another school;
It was a student’s game, lame;
I guess I’ll look the other way.

There are people arguing, deceiving;
Their rights come first, misleading;
It’s their game, their musket ball and chain;
I guess I’ll look the other way.

I’m supposed to look only meekly, discretely;
To feel remorse, just briefly;
It’s someone else’s game, not my game;
I guess I’ll look the other way.

But what if I don’t, won’t;
What if I stare, and glare;
It’s not a game, it’s pain;
I can’t look the other way.

Not anymore, no more;
I now stand and dare, to care;
It’s my pain, our pain;
I will no longer look the other way.

Should the world look away, the other way;
Then I’ll stand alone this day, today;
It’s not a game; it has a name;
And it must go away.

— Eric Winger

About Eric Winger

Our perception of time is key to how we use our time. The most fundamental way to change that perception is to give our time. This opens us up to new opportunities and ideas from which we can build to really make a difference. ... Yes, we *do* have time to make a difference!
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3 Responses to I Guess I’ll Look The Other Way

  1. Pingback: Horror. Again. « Mother Goose Smiles

  2. GYA today says:

    Eric, your words are so beautiful and yet so sad. When will it stop?

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