We Learn to Externalise Blame – Written December 2014 (Aged 39)

We Learn to Externalise Blame

we learn to externalise blame
taking responsibility
appears to cause critical strain
it is not my fault,
it is a mantra,
chanted with absolute belief
teaches us to externalise blame
political parties,
well, it’s just the same
it is not us, it is them
we all seem to find a way
an idea,
formed in the words we say
as age stacks up the bricks
brightly lit twenty something aspiration
finally concedes,
to thirty something then forty something –
self examination
externalising blame
becomes our full time occupation
where did genius go
of which,
there must be some misappropriation
we keep on finding a way
of living in a state of guilt and shame

James Garratt – December 2014

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