Ingrained

so much judgment
comes from the irrational
repetition of previously embedded
and deeply held beliefs
going back generations

someone else’s poison
muddying the innocence
brought into this world
rigidness taking the place of awe
the decent bits forced inwards

empathy doesn’t stand a chance
when surrounded by
and immersed in the viciousness
of long-held hate
and the fear of love

… it makes me sad for our world.

Susi Bocks has self-published two books – Feeling Human and Every Day I Pause. Currently, she is an Associate Editor at the virtual coffee shop – Fictional Café. You can find her work at IWriteHer.com or follow on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MyHumanityInWrittenForm/, where she invites you to read her thoughts and get to know her. Bocks had some of her work previously published at Scarlet Leaf Review, VitaBrevis, Spillwords, Literary Yard, as well as other literary magazines.

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