What Is Right Can Sometimes Be Wrong - Poem by RIC BASTASA

what is right can sometimes be wrong,
like the right of a state to kill,
that to me is wrong,
like the right to have slaves
that was wrong, but they once
thought it was right,

something that feels so right
may, sometimes, be also be wrong,
like feeling love, and too much love
for a neighbor or yourself,
it can be intoxicating at times,
and it can kill you,

because what is right exists only
in our human minds,
limited, too narrow, too
confined in our flesh and blood,
in the context of our culture,
in the frames of our time,
to the dictates of religion
the liberality of our education,
to our biases and prejudices,

what we believe in, what we
touch with faith in dark places
what we try to light with candles,
or see in microscopes or see in
telescopes, or see with our eyes
and hearts wide open,

may still be wrong, or

still be not right,

so what is right after all?
Possibly, this can be right,
But possibly this can also be wrong,

We can always pray. But the doubt
Is always there. Cogito ergo sum.

Who can really be sure?

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, April 1, 2008

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