You tell me
the violence of my shame is not my fault
That survival is not a gift belying blame,
insisting anger be drowned in gratitude.
You say my attitude of self-regard
is warrented, is valuable,
as holograph of our larger questioning
of whose pain matters.
Scapegoating heroes -- elevating crooks
to the delight of crooks who hate heroes
for making them look bad.
There are no perfect governers
because there are no perfect people
but some are certainly much more
competent and concered with
the needs of the populace