Someone else’s problem—a poem
Someone else’s problem
You know what it's like to know a fact that everybody knows and to tuck it away, ho hum as something someone else should do and then one day the implications hit you (who knows why) and you see the colour and feel and implications you see it applies to you your scalp whistles and your hair floats with the force of the fact seen new But when you try to explain your 3D neon vision they tuck it away, ho hum, not new and maybe so do you A lonely epiphany has a point for sure it cleans you out But if it doesn't lead to cleaning up it's not worth tuppence. That burning bush where will I put it? on a billboard or in the bottom drawer?
Another poem hot off the press or rather, unfinished. This one will change or disappear.
Someone else’s problem: a lonely epiphany. I dare say you’ve had one too.
I wonder what problem you have in mind… Could be anything.
11 thoughts on “Someone else’s problem—a poem”
Good poem! I think problems are most problematic when I can’t get another person to understand because we come from different life experiences.
The longer we live, the more likely we will recognise those moments we didn’t get for other people – retrospective empathy. I rather like a whistling scalp and floating hair – hard won. XX
I think that’s true. Though it still catches me by surprise
I have I have some more or less huge problems. But I try not to think about them too much. Maybe some of my problems are going to become my children’s problems once I am gone . . .
That’s tricky. I hope that doesn’t feel like yet another problem?
An apropos expression on this Canada Day as we grapple with our colonial past and the historical genocide of our native peoples. How many unmarked graves of small bones must be unearthed before we all “…see
the colour and feel and implications
you see it applies to you
your scalp whistles
and your hair floats
with the force
of the fact seen new”/
So well said Rachel. Someone else’s problem can soon morph into our worry too.
If you’ve read the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, you know that Somebody Else’s Problem (SEP) was a force field that made things invisible. 🙂
I did read it but forgot that bit. Thanks for telling me. Perfect. Call it a literary allusion 🙂