25 Nov


Oblivious means “unmindful”
“Unconscious,” “unaware”
But more than that, the meaning of
The word is “I don’t care”

A lack of understanding from
An inability
To walk a mile in another’s
Shoes for them to see

The way things are from a viewpoint
That isn’t just their own
To wear another’s shoes is a
Trait that is rarely shown

The root of the oblivious
Much like with many flaws
The reason, motive, explanation
Influence and cause

Is twofold: first, our nemesis
The Ego of the mind
The little self-important voice
That makes everyone blind

To other people’s challenges
Their struggles and their pains
The Ego is oblivious
To all but its own veins

Second is the need to always
Seek things of comfort
Most would not willingly walk
A path of ache and hurt

Most would not stray from their own
Nice painless and smooth road
In order to walk rough terrain
And bear a heavy load

Oblivious cannot relate
They need a doctor’s note
And not just any kind, they need
What a specialist wrote

Oblivious asks “Why?” but cannot
Glean from your reply
The answer that they’re looking for
Because they won’t apply

Your situation to their own
‘Cause they won’t sacrifice
Stepping out of their own mind
To pay another’s price

Do not fret over these folks
Instead, have sympathy
Because despite all of your chains
With open mind, you’re free

While they are slaves and prisoners
To their own selfish needs
And we all know where that smooth and
Oblivious road leads


6 Responses to “Oblivious”

  1. Nandini November 25, 2011 at 11:23 am #

    🙂 Really great thoughts in every line.

  2. rumpydog November 25, 2011 at 1:01 pm #

    The more I try to actually try to walk in another’s shoes, the more difficult I find it is to do. We are all connected, but the illusion of separation is great indeed.

  3. granbee November 25, 2011 at 1:16 pm #

    The folks enslaved by their own needs are so careful to falsely shield their eyes from anything unpleasant that they never see their own road becoming more and more treacherous. They are their own betrayers, like those who passed by the injured traveler left to die. For this selfish means of attempting to travel through life ALWAYS creates its own pitfalls! Thank you for such a strong and loving post today.

  4. Sabina Brave November 25, 2011 at 4:53 pm #

    I agree with you, that with open mind we are free… while they are slaves and prisoners to their own selfish needs.
    Great poem.

  5. Deidra Alexander November 26, 2011 at 1:36 am #

    My mom use to say, Don’t judge a person until you’ve walked a mile in their moccasins. She was part native American

  6. willofheart November 26, 2011 at 5:49 am #

    each lines are deep really touches my emotions… I love it

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