Perpetrators v. Apologists

A Poem by Lynn White

I think I am beginning to despise them more,
the apologists.
At least the perpetrators have a certain honesty
and visibility
to go with their power.
Like all fanatics they are focused forward.
No lateral vision.
But the apologists are safely waiting
ready to lend a hand.
Some,
like all fanatics they are focused forward.
No lateral vision.
Unable to see the context.
or ignoring it
or denigrating it as
whataboutism.
But some,
should know better.
They understand the context
but with eyes and ears
closed,
they too join the chorus,
ignoring the context
or denigrating it as
whataboutism.
Yes,
I am beginning to despise them more
even than the perpetrators.


Lynn White lives in north Wales. Her work is influenced by issues of social justice and events, places and people she has known or imagined. She is especially interested in exploring the boundaries of dream, fantasy and reality. Her poem ‘A Rose For Gaza’ was shortlisted for the Theatre Cloud ‘War Poetry for Today’ competition 2014. This and many other poems, have been widely published in anthologies and journals such as Apogee, Firewords Quarterly, Guide To Kulchur, Indie Soleil, Midnight Circus and Snapdragon.
Find Lynn at:  her facebook page nd lynnwhitepoetry.blogspot.com
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