Is it Bad???



Is it bad to not want to see

the despair that others can’t ignore?


Is it bad to choose not to watch

the TV, the news, the horror?


Is it bad that it didn’t change my day

(I mostly sat there numb)?


Is it bad my girls fought anyway

not knowing what had been done?


Is it bad that I still struggled some

with saying no too many times?


Is it bad that I got to tickle them

make them cocoa, read them rhymes?


Is it bad that I can’t let myself

go to that place where some are forced


Without a choice

Without a warning

Without one last…


 © Houseman 2013