the devil

Our Oblivious Pact With the Devil

we pact with the devil

but who really knows?

we feel like saints

but whom do we serve?

we’re bound to an ancient

oblivious pact

I notice a child

it misbehaves

I call it bad

instead of immature

Oh – my pact with the devil!

I watch a man

steal bread

call him thief

instead of hungry

Oh – my pact with the devil!

I mind a woman

who sells herself

regard her fallen

not option-less

Oh – my pact with the devil!

I witness a fight

ignorant of cause

I favor a side

not resolution

Oh – my pact with the devil!

we all pact with the devil

but who really knows?

we judge

no empathy

what binds us

to this ancient pact

but ignorance?


P.S. In a spiritual context, the devil is an illusion. He’s an absurd personification of karma or adversity. In this light, our (subconscious) pact with the devil is as illusive. However, this pact has a real impact on people and society, e.g. it functions as a cryptic lever for religious and political manipulation.

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