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It's Not Your Fault
It's not your fault, we hear you say,
The reason you're the person you are today.
It's not your fault, you've been abused.
It's not your fault, you're so confused.
The government's taking away your rights.
Worrying about hate groups keeps you up nights.
And those gangs roaming the streets, it's such a crime.
Your kids demand too much of your time.
There is no time for you.
Oh, dear heaven, what will you do?
It's not your fault, as you sing the blues.
Watching mayhem and murder on the nightly news.
The use of drugs, is that the cause,
Of the way you think and all your flaws?
There the ones. Japan's to blame.
You were doing just fine until the recession came.
You lost your job, you feel so blue,
If your parents had only named you Sue.
Space aliens have controlled your brain.
You can't do it today. It's going to rain.
The radical left and the radical right;
They are the reason you don't have the fight.
Go back to school? But, your far too old.
Why did they leave you out in the cold?
You're in a dead-end job and you can't get out.
"No one will help you," you just want to shout.
Who will give you the things that you need?
Will anyone show you the way to succeed?
Why can't you be a super star?
Why can't you travel, both near and far?
Off to see distant lands;
It's impossible, it's not in you're plans.
You're lost in a world that doesn't care,
Wondering why does life have to be so unfair?
The fear of failure won't let you succeed,
So you'll follow anyone willing to lead.
You feel shackled, imprisoned, condemned;
In desperate need of a savior or friend.
But, it's not your fault, you have to say;
That you can't deal with the way things are today.
..Is this how you feel, with no control?
Being a victim can sure take its toll.
Feeling so drained at the end of the day.
Did you know...it doesn't have to be this way.
What a nice feeling it would be
To actually take responsibility;
Not for what happens to you, but the fact
That you can control the way you react.
You must look at things differently, though;
And know the limits of what you control.
Understand that no one controls how you feel.
Only you can determine what's false and what's real.
I strongly suggest that you write down your immediate reaction, after passionately reading this poem.
- Do you understand what the poem is saying to you and can you put it into your own words?
- List examples in your own life.
- Do you welcome the message as a truth that you can accept?
- List the different ways that you feel like a victim.
- How does feeling like a victim make you feel?
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