Poetry – Things are never Black and White

Things are never Black and White

Things are never black and white,

They’re always shades of grey.

The certainties of the past

Are soon washed away.

Hitler had some redeeming features.

Mandela could be a swine.

Complexity becomes simplicity

Within the tale of time.

Things are never black and white,

They’re always shades of grey.

The certainties of the past

Are soon washed away.

Opher – 8.6.2021

People like things to be black and white. They want their villains thoroughly evil and their heroes pure.

Life ain’t like that.

Hitler was an evil man with a lust for power, a heart full of racism and a desire to rule the world. He oversaw war, constructed concentration camps, practiced genocide and callously killed without a shred of compassion, but he was quite a good artist. If only he’d been a little better and more successful with his art.

Mandela was an amazing man who oozed forgiveness, compassion and humanity; an example to us all. But he used to be a terrorist who practiced violence.

Even the most terrible of people have pleasant aspects to their personalities and the best have flaws.

Life is never black and white.

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