Someone's yelling fire in a crowded theatre

and there's 3 dead in Charlottesville.

If things had been different

we'd have been there to watch

knowing that this isn't Virginia. Or is it?

Or is it us all?

That we are what we think

the story well tell ourselves

that we tell each other

a program to function by

rules to guide us.

Have we strayed so far from North

that we cannot feel our way back?

or were we always at centre

but distracted


made anxious

and not knowing that it was down to us

not to hate

not to anger

not to fear

and that strength is in the stayed hand

no matter how righteous.