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by Edward Phillips
Friday, August 31, 2012
Rated "G" by the Author.
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The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference.
The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference.
The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference.
And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.
--Elie Wiesel



I elicit no response

Neither good nor bad

Nothing of importance to you

Nothing of consequence?

Not a smile, not a sneer

Not even a look of apathetic disconnectedness?

How dare you!

Open your eyes, I am here.

I am here.

I will not let your ignorance

Supersede my presence.

I will not let your coldness

Freeze my spirit.

I will not let your disinterest

Replace any part of me.

I can defeat you

I will defeat you.

Go about your nonexistence, I choose life.

Sink into triviality, I will sing.

Show no sign of remorse, and I will laugh.

I know the antidote to your irrelevance

It's the one thing you cannot live without.

In your silent anger did you not know

The opposite of despair is not silence?

The opposite of love.



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Reviewed by pat medlin 1/7/2013
i agree with robert...this truly was lifted from the very heart and soul of you...a piece of ripping integrity...the quality of writing i aspire to...pat

how did i miss this? September ???
Reviewed by Robert Johnson 9/3/2012
Once again Ed Phillips generates originality, complexity, and style in his writing. This is a very worthy poem from a fresh source. He is at his best when writing about the heart and soul.
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 9/1/2012
You can be erudite or indignant, but never indifferent.

Reviewed by T Jett (Reader) 9/1/2012
WOW! Powerful poem, Edward ... Even more so when it's read outloud. Wonderfully written!

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