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Grey Shades to Black


Grey shades to black,  white shades to grey,
Where does grey shade to grey, is there an inbetween

Where would we feel comfortable within this
Dubious spectrum, how can we on a daily

Basis, stay within the white. Can we at all times
Be truthful. Are not asked to lie, to  dissemble

To avoid being outspoken in a mistaken attempt
To not offend

Do we not lie to protect, to not expose ourselves
To prejudice, to harm, to avoid damage to our selves

These though are defensive and will them
Regret. When accused will we not lie

How many of us will take the oath
And volunteer; yes, I murdered that

Person; yes, I ran that red light
Won’t we deny

But most of us have consciences
Will have to live with that voice that scolds

That cannot be told to shut up
And so we will enter the grey

And rationalize, make excuses for
Ourselves, for our actions

We might say to ourselves
Well I won’t do that again

And we might mean it
Or we might take the path

That has us slide down a slippery slope
How far will we allow ourselves

To go.  Will we not at some point
Reform, take stock, decide thus far and no further

Or will we live in some nether region
Filled in the grey, never seeing the white

Should live in that darker world of the
Title; it is unlikely that we would even

Be reading this. We, those us who do not
Occupy this world, will read of it, will hold

In awe, be fascinated at the psyches that
Lurk in its shadow, this grey to the black

But we won’t go there, white shades to
Grey.

Malcolm D B Munro
Tuesday 31 May, 2016

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