GUILTY OR NOT?
Unhappily, I see your face,
so pained and stressed, wide eyed with fear
not possible to hide from TV's lens;
and yet you try to smile and wave
to whom? --- beyond the camera's eye.
Those vague, illiterate replies
you give to them, whose steely minds,
fine tuned to cut and slice, and probe for truth
ask questions, cunningly contrived
to trip a man of simple mind.
I read and watch the news each day,
to see and hear the scorn scarce hid
upon replies of witnesses, and yours,
to questions of the simple lives
you live in rural atmosphere.
How right is it, for those of us
of educated wit and stance,
importantly to look, with scornful eyes
upon the lives of 'lesser' men
who somehow live as best they can?
To those of us who sit and judge,
compassionless at others' pain
and utter misery, I call to mind
the old quotation of, "There
but for the Grace of God, --- go I!"