Bystanders

 

People Watching FixPainting by Tokiwa Mitsunago   12th Century

Bystanders

An ancient Jew
Auschwitz survivor
on TV last night
admonished
“Do not be a bystander.”
Profound advice
the only requisite
unbridled willingness
to have your ass kicked
take the risk
potential sacrifice of bone, or home . . . employment.
Sad truth is
in the long run
almost all of us
are bystanders.

Bruce Louis Dodson 2015

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About Bruce Louis Dodson

Bruce Louis Dodson is an American expat now living in Borlänge, Sweden with his wife, cat and dog. He is an artist and world traveler who writes fiction and poetry and practices photography in his less than copious free time. His work has appeared in: Barely South Review - Boundaries Issue, Blue Collar Review, Pulsar Poetry (UK), Foliate Oak, Breadline Press West Coast Anthology . The E-buffet, Qarrtsiluni, Struggle Magazine, Pearl Literary Magazine, Contemporary Literature Review: India, 3rd Wednesday, Sleeping Cat Books - Trip of a Lifetime Anthology, Northern Liberties Review, Authors Abroad - Foreign & and Far Away Anthology, The Path, Page & Spine, The Crucible, Sleeping Cat Books -Trips of a Lifetime, Vine Leaves, Pirene's Fountain,Tic Toc Anthology - Kind of a Hurricane Press, Cordite Poetry Review, Buffalo Almanac and mgv2.
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3 Responses to Bystanders

  1. Absolutely so!
    i like the directness of this writing, Bruce, and its important message.

    Best Wishes

    john

    • bldodson says:

      Thanks John. Still not totally satisfied with it.
      Seems like those who are not bystanders are quite literally ‘heros’.
      And, of course, not so many of those.

  2. I agree with John. It’s an important message. Thanks.

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