“Choose Light” is about having empathy, self-awareness, and self-education. If you’ve been keeping up with current events, then the poem needs no further introduction. Current events (sparked in the U.S.) provide context for the poem. However, the poem’s message is timeless. Therefore, after reading it with current events in mind, I encourage you to read it a second time, reflecting on its enduring message. It’s a message about empathy, self-awareness, and self-education whenever we’re confronted with situations we may not understand or situations we may not have experienced in the past or experience day to day.
Some may know the plight,
Of journeys never taken.
While others may not understand the concern,
Of stories only seen or heard spoken.
Not all will suffer the experience and thus the pain,
Of a heart battered and broken.
But we all have clear choices,
That should never be forsaken.
If it’s wrong,
Will we choose what’s right?
And when it’s grey, choose light?
If it’s unknown,
Will we choose to learn?
And when it’s unclear, try to discern?
If it’s not experienced,
Will we still have disdain,
Of things inherently inhumane?
We all have clear choices.
To reject darkness, and choose sight.
To reject darkness, and choose light.
By Esthella B