I had to do it.
Well, I didn’t really.
But it was the correct thing,
To please the system.
It did not please the pauper
Who thought I was a bitch.
That’s a good thing, right?
Because I used to be too nice.
Sometimes you have to be hard.
But in succumbing to the system,
I lost ground on compassion
And had to fix the damage.
Was the damage a natural consequence?
Shaping the desired behavior?
But Jesus would not have tried so hard to please the system.
Jesus was a rebel with compassion for the poor,
Working outside the system.
The wise men,
who followed the star to Bethlehem,
paid homage to the Christ child,
then went home a different way
instead of telling Herod where he was.
Did they worry about getting in trouble
with the system?
When correctness conflicts with compassion,
Listen to the voice of compassion.
For not being perfect.